29th July 2020
'We do not belong to the night'
'For all of you are children of the light and children of the day.
We do not belong to the night or to darkness.'
1 Thessalonians 5:5
Our German Shepherd, Dolce, loves sleeping in the sun.
As the patch of sun moves round the garden and she cools down in the shade,
so she get up follows the sun.
It made me realise that,
I too follow her example when sitting out in the garden.
But I do not necessarily carry that example into my relationship with God.
Every morning, before my feet touch the floor,
I ask God to order my day.
I jealously guard my early morning pray time once I'm up.
Yet I often let the bustle of life to drive my focus,
leaving me struggling in the shadows rather than basking in God's Light.
Does this sound familiar, can you relate to this?
Do you sometimes wake with praise on your lips,
offering God your day,
then become distracted by all the things pressing in on you
before realising you're out of sync with the Light?
Our purpose is not for God to chase us through our days,
but for us to stay in his Light.
Paul's encouraged the Thessalonian believers,
reminding them not to stress about when they will see Jesus again,
for they were
'children of the light and day.' (1 Thessalonians 5:5)
He reassured them that, as eager followers of Jesus,
they weren't in the dark but they were already centred on the light
as they waited for Jesus to return again.
Paul did not discount their concerns or impose extra rules as some false teacher had.
He simply reminded them of who they were - children of the day.
Life's distractions can leave us needing to be reminded of this also.
There are so many day to day worries which crowd in on us,
Financial, family, work, health ... the list goes on.
The struggle is real,
but hope invades the shadows when we remember who we are and Whose we are.
We are children of the Light and the Day.
In John 8:12 Jesus says,
'..I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life."
Jesus doesn't just dispense the light -
He is the Light.
All we need is found in the life-giving light of Jesus,
our Saviour, for we are children of the Light and the Day.