It is often said that when a person is being deceived, they are being, “Kept in the dark.”
It is also said that when people are experiencing trouble in this world, they are, “Going through a dark time.”
These two statements are extremely accurate, especially for the believer. With Christ’s blood, and with the truth and illumination that only he can bring to our lives, we have no experience in this life that should force us to doubt. That may seem like an unsupportable statement at first, but the truth of the scripture can help to open our eyes to God’s tender mercy.
We are never in the dark.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
When we recognize that God’s word is what illuminates our way each day, it should be impossible to walk in darkness for very long. As believers it is imperative that we understand how valuable daily study of the Bible is for the protection of our walk.
Unbelievers are veiled by the deceiver and cannot truly know the freedom that is allowed by a relationship with Jesus.
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4
However such a condition is not applicable for the follower of Jesus due to the fact that Jesus has set us free.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
Living in the freedom that has been provided for us as children of God is exactly what allowed Dannie and Jordan to continue to walk forward as they suffered such intense pain at the loss of their son. Making others aware of the truth of Jesus has also allowed this family to continue to share the Gospel to others who struggle, so that they will no longer walk in darkness, but will know the freedom of the Truth of Jesus.
Loss and gain seem to be fairly concrete ideas in today’s culture, but in fact are far from that. They have a vagueness that is rivaled by few other concepts in American society. Fundamentally, the ideas of loss and gain seem simple enough, but when the finder and the looser take account of their subsequent position, they may realize that their roles have actually been reversed.
When someone loses weight, they don’t feel cheated, they feel empowered.
When someone finds an unpaid bill they thought was already taken care of, they certainly don’t feel free, they feel trapped.
Finding and losing are shades of gray that must be interpreted over time. One must allow the passing of each moment be another point of reference for perspective.
Christianity, for some, is seen as the conscious release of all fun and happiness. It is often viewed as nothing more than a bottomless pit into which believers cast their hopes dreams and treasures, never to be seen again. Followers of Christ are often depicted as heavy-laden slaves whose lives have been wrecked by the weight of religion.
But the reality is that Jesus took our pain, he took our struggle, and he took our broken dreams in order to replace them with joy, victory, and eternity.
Death in the life of the believer is not the end; it is merely a momentary separation from those we love. When a believer enters into eternity, their passing acts as a beacon to those here on earth to share the good news of Jesus Christ so that none might be lost.
When the veil of sin is pulled back, what we see in death and life, and loss and gain is that we have only seen in part, but that we will, some day, see perfectly.