The Light We Have
“. . .Walk by the light you have so darkness doesn't destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don't know where you're going. As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You'll be children of light. . . . ." John 12:35 & 36 MSG
"Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness" when God spoke His first recorded words and said, "Let there be light" (Genesis 1 MSG). These words not only provide us with a picture of the spiritual condition of mankind following the fall, but also of what God did in sending His only Son to this dark world.
From John 12 we see Jesus (the light of the world) preparing His disciples for the days when He would no longer be physically present with them and they would be forced to rely on the light now living within them to navigate safely through the dark.
In so doing, Jesus used natural terms to portray a spiritual reality. His listeners understood the importance of light. They knew the instruction to "walk by the light you have so the darkness doesn't destroy you" was valid. Daylight revealed the safe path, and hidden dangers often lurked at night. All of them found it necessary to use the light they did have (be it a torch or a candle) to find their way in the night. Time has not changed this necessity. Although we have a much larger variety of light sources at our disposal, we still use "the light we have" to navigate safely through the darkness.
"Walking by the light I have" has become a spiritual principle that has allowed me to navigate safely through dark times in my own spiritual journey. So many times I felt that I did not have all the light I would have like to have. I was not walking in daylight. I could not see every curve or bump in the road ahead of me. But I did have enough light to reveal the next step. As I would step out and "walk by the light I did have" and do the one thin I knew to do, the light moved with me. It enabled me to see the next step and then the next.
This principle of simply "walking in the light we have" is a powerful and exciting way to live. It serves the double purpose of getting us where God wants us to go, and at the same time keeps the darkness from overtaking us. It should be the common, everyday practice of the "children of the light."
Desiring to always "walk by the light I have."
Clarence St. John