I don't always feel like a light shining bravely in the darkness, letting the world know there is hope. Some believers are like lighthouses, their beacons boldly cutting through the storm, guiding desperate men away from rocky shores. I see them in the news sometimes, especially these days.
"This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine," goes the song. Yet these days my little light just seems to get smothered. I know that to speak out will promptly put me in the line of fire.
John 1:1 starts out by declaring the everlasting deity of Jesus. All things were made by him, John tells us. And without him there wasn't anything made that was made. But things weren't just made, they were brought to life.
In Jesus is life itself. Both breath and be-ing come from him. John tells us that the life that is Jesus was the light of men! And the light shined in the darkness. It only takes a little light to shine in darkness. And darkness cannot in and of itself overcome light. You can't open a door and let in the dark so that it overcomes the light.
I am told "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep." And God said, "Let there be light!" And there was light! And not only was there light, but God manipulated it, dividing it from the darkness (Gen. 1:2-4).
And then I think on John 1:5. "And the light shineth in darkness… and the darkness comprehended it not."
That's the horrible part, this lack of comprehension on the part of those who walk in darkness. The world does not comprehend the light, and so it does its best to shout it down, to discredit it, to intimidate it… to smother it. And yet the world still needs our light. Not only has it become more frustrating to shine in a world that lacks comprehension, It has also become more dangerous.
Psalm 11 is a song about the Lord as our refuge. And yet in the middle of it is a verse that speaks right to my heart. "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" The Christian foundations of my country are being destroyed before my eyes. And I feel helpless to stop it. The light of righteousness dims and flickers, but it does not go out. It will not go out! Because we won't let it.
Psalm 11 foes on to tell us we will be tested. "[God's] eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men." And so I know even the righteous are to be tried and tested. Just the knowledge that we are under scrutiny gives us the fortitude to strengthen our lights. And to stand. And if it costs me my life, so be it.