And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
– 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 NASB
Our passage today is taken from the apostle Paul’s second letter to believers in the city of Corinth. In recent days, we have been focusing on verses that similarly portray the Lord as “light in the darkness.” Consider, for example, the contrast between light (bold print) and darkness (italics) in some of the verses we have recently studied – the first two from the Old Testament and the third from the New Testament:
…Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.
– Micah 7:8 NASB
Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you…
– Isaiah 60:1-3 NASB
“I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.”
– John 12:46 NASB
In the 2 Corinthians passage, Paul is acknowledging that those who do not believe in the gospel (good news) of Christ are blind to its light. Why do some people remain in darkness while others come to the light? Jesus gave us the answer when we looked at the following passage a couple of weeks ago (again I will emphasize references to light and darkness):
…the Light has come into the world,
and men loved the darkness rather than the Light,
for their deeds were evil.
For everyone who does evil hates the Light,
and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed…”
– John 3:19-21 NASB
Thus we see that those who remain in darkness do so according to their own desire to stick with their sins. Do not gloat that you have come to the light. Instead, be humble and stay repentant, knowing that if you return to your sins you will be returning to darkness. We must love the Lord Jesus more than we love sin. Temptation abounds, but we avoid it by walking in His Light.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
O Lord our God, draw me closer to Your light today so that darkness cannot reclaim me…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.