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<< Then & Now for Teens, with Dan Darling

Then & Now - Week of September 7

  • 2009 Sep 07
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"Follow the Light"
John 8:12

The darkness was so thick you could grab a handful of it and stuff it in your pocket. All around me, eerie sounds of the Chippewa National Forest sent shudders throughout my body. Were it not for the small penlight of the counselor in front of me, I might have been a midnight snack for a waiting pack of wolves.

Every year at camp, we went on long hikes in the woods. I love these hikes, especially at night, because you'd hear and imagine all kinds of animals. But the fun stopped when the $2 flashlight your mom bought at Kmart stopped working.

Nobody likes stumbling lost in the darkness. And yet most people live their lives that way. They stumble around and have no idea where they are going. The darkness of sin and oppression are so thick, they threaten to crush their souls.

And yet there is light in the distance. Jesus is the light. He offers Himself as the Light of the World. Those who follow Him will not walk in darkness, He says, but will have the light of life.

What does light do? First, it dispels the darkness. The first thing I do when I come home to an empty house is to flip on the lights. Why? Because even at age 31, I don't like the darkness.

Secondly, light brings clarity to your situation. Every have to fumble up in the middle of night to go to the bathroom? You about kill yourself just getting there. You don't' turn the lights on because you don't want to wake anybody. But in the morning, with the lights on, you rarely hit your toe on the dresser or trip over your shoes. Because with light is clarity.

Thirdly, light exposes flaws. Turn the lights on bright enough in your house and you'll see dust. Turn the lights on and you'll see places you need to clean. The light of Christ does that to our lives, exposing areas of darkness that He wants to transform and make new.

So, do you want to dispel the darkness around you? Do you want clarity in your situation? Do you want to be made new? Embrace Jesus Christ and walk in the Light. 

Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, or at danieldarling.com

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