Date: Thursday, July 10
Scripture: John 1:1-5
Verse: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light. (John 1:5)
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” by Helen H. Lemmel
If you are like me, you have some people in your life who can find the joy in anything. Give them the direst of circumstances, and they immediately find hope and joy. You probably also have some other friends, who can find the dark side of every event. In the most joyous of occasions these folks will find flaws, danger, something to worry about. I think the difference between those two types of people, is what they choose to focus their attention upon.
These opening words of John’s gospel are a call to shift our focus. Calling to mind the creation story of Genesis 1, John reminds us there is darkness in the world around us. Things do not always happen the way we wish they would, but as God spoke a word and brought light to dispel the darkness (Genesis 1:3), so too he has sent Jesus, a new light, a new start.
Sometimes the darkness in our lives can be overwhelming. We get stuck with our eyes fixed on everything that is wrong, wondering if it can be overcome. Today we are reminded that the darkness has already been displaced by the light of Jesus. We need to choose to focus on the hope we have in Christ Jesus. Even when we have is a glimmer of hope, this is where we need to fix our eyes, knowing “the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.”
Prayer: Thank you Lord Jesus, for being the light in the midst of my darkness. Amen.
Action: Be one who sees the light in the midst of the darkness.
Respond: Do you have those positive people in your life? How do they inspire you?
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