Day 12

The Light of the World

from the John reading plan

John 7:53, John 8:1-30, Isaiah 60:19-22, 1 John 1:5-7, 1 John 2:8

BY Lore Ferguson Wilbert

I used to be a morning person, when mornings used to be quiet, solitary, and slow. This year they’ve been abrupt, noisy, and shoving—everything mornings should not be. I am disgruntled while I tie my shoes. It’s barely past 5 am. I know mothers and wives and fathers and farmers and workers all over the world wake up this early, but I am self-employed and childless and I have convinced myself I’m owed uninterrupted sleep until at least 6 a.m. Our dog disagrees, and in fact, seems to think the fastest way to my heart right now is through her leash. She noses me until I relent and meet her at the front door.

Outside, the moon is a pregnant belly, super and bright, shining the whole still-dark neighborhood over. How strange, I think, that the Son of God would call Himself the “Light of the World” (John 8:12) when the most constant, earthly source of light disappears every night.

But this morning I remember the pillar of fire by night and the cloud by day (Exodus 13:21–22); I remember the star shining in the east (Matthew 2:1–2), the day the sun stood still (Joshua 10:12–13), and the day the earth went dark (Matthew 27:45–54). I think about how the God of the universe created the orbs and commands them even now. He is the One who sets clouds the size of a man’s fist in the sky and makes it rain for forty days and forty nights (Genesis 7:11–12). 

Jesus tells us, “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). But the kind of light He offers, is not of the natural, earthly sort. His light is supernatural and He freely offers it to whomever would follow Him.

Yes, Jesus is the Light of the World, but when our hope is in anything or anyone other than Him, the world can grow terribly dark in a hurry. I tend to believe Jesus is near and present when I can clearly see His hand at work in my life. But when I cannot see Jesus at work in my life, He seems absent, distant, and busy, too tied up with more important things—more important people—than me.

But this morning, the supermoon shines a deceptive light on my path—blue, dim, shadowed. Not sunlight, but still of the sun—whether I can see it or not. Walking with the Light of the World is like that, too, I think to myself. I am still walking in darkness, but I know the light exists. 

I come back home to a still, dark, quiet house with a somewhat less rambunctious pup. She snores beside me on the floor, and I drink my coffee slowly, quietly. I have the light of life, I think to myself, even today, in this season that feels dark in many ways. I have the light of life because I follow Jesus, and He never fails to shine, even when His light feels hidden by this world and the brokenness within it. 

He is the one, true Light of this World—the sun pales in comparison to the light of His presence. “Even darkness is not dark” to Him (Psalm 139:11–12).

I light a candle and the room, once dark, is light again.

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91 thoughts on "The Light of the World"

  1. Desiree Harris says:

    Another lovely gentle reminder. ❤️

  2. Lisa Goldbach says:

    I will pray for you and your families my. You are not alone. God sees you. He loves you and your daughters. Keep coming to the Lord. I will pray He leads you to a support network that will give you the tools to deal with these new behaviors. You are a good Mom. Keep going. I know how hard it can be. I too dealt with behavior issues with my boys too. They are now adults and God has safely brought us through many trying times.Hugs!

  3. Portia says:

    What a bold claim that Jesus makes here! He’s not just claiming to be the light of Israel, but the light of the world! So that anyone who believes in Him can have access to His life-changing light! Thank you Jesus for those of us that have been, are being, & will be grafted in by Your grace alone!

  4. K D says:

    Oh thank goodness for the light of life.

  5. Jennifer Sugg says:

    Keep pressing in Jennifer. Keep pressing. My husband was doing his daily Bible reading, something he and the men of our church do every year; read the Bible through, and it was the story of Joseph. He was sold into slavery at 17 by his brothers, and he still worshiped, he was betrayed by his masters wife and imprisoned, still he worshiped and served. He still used his gifts during this dark time. When he was finally released and placed in authority over pharaoh’s house he was 30. 30!!! From 17 to 30 years old he had trial after trial. Yet in each of those he worshiped, served and used his gift. I’m not saying that you’ll have to wait that long for rescuing, bc I know the Lord is with you at this very moment. Listening to that today convicted my heart; would I be as faithful as Joseph in my waiting, in my pain? Would I still worship and see the Lord at work in my life? I pray that I would. I’m praying for you today sister. Deep breaths and keep pressing in.

  6. Susan Hoskins says:

    Jennifer, I am praying for you now. You are not alone. You have the Lord God who is a loving Father with you, and His Holy Spirit to guide you and teach you. You also have us who are doing this study with you. We may not be physically in the same room, but as I sit in my quiet room on this cold morning sipping my hot tea and reading God’s Word, I am studying right along with you. Just like we can’t see our Father with physical eyes right now, you can’t see all of us, your sisters in Christ, but we’re here, and one day we’ll be together with Him!

  7. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord you are good

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