On our farm in Brazil I have a candle drawer. It has candles, matches, flashlights and little bottle caps that I can use to pour melted wax inside and secure a candle for a table top.
Electricity is frequently disrupted in the country and we have to know where to find the candles without killing ourselves in the process, so my candle drawer is not the only place I store these things. I also keep mini flashlights beside my bed. These help me get to the kitchen where my main store of candles is located.
I regularly buy new candles, replace matches and batteries and maintain these spots so I am prepared for the next time the lights go out. It has become a habit and a way of life that has benefited me and our family.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Darkness comes into ALL our lives. There is no stopping it, foretelling of it or avoiding it. And we should expect darkness because of the fact that we live in a world polluted by sin, we have a sin nature and we also have an enemy out to destroy us. Those things won’t change until Jesus returns and our address is moved from here to Heaven.
Knowing these things, we really should have a plan in place that we actively maintain that will provide light when we most need it.
We need a spiritual candle drawer!
(NOT a candy drawer…although the thought of that is appealing!)
How can we be prepared for the dark?
- We need to KNOW the True Light. Jesus said He is the light of the world. If you are saved, then you have the true light abiding in you. He is the source you need.
- We need to FOLLOW the True Light. Jesus said that if we follow Him, we won’t walk in darkness. Kind of simple sounding, but if the Saviour is the One Who said it, then Who are we to disagree?
- We need to WALK in the True Light. You can’t just acknowledge Jesus is the Light and say you are a follower, you must also get up and walk in His Light.
How do we accomplish these things? How can we spiritually turn on the light in our darkness?
I’m going to give you the best advice one Christian can possibly give another. It is very simple. Are you ready?
Get up in the morning and read your Bible.
Get up in the morning and pray.
Get up in the morning and walk in His fellowship.
- When things are going good and everyone is healthy and the bills are paid: Read, Pray and Walk.
- When you are sick and your head hurts: Read, Pray and Walk.
- When you have sinned and made a mess of things: Read, Pray, and Walk.
- When the bottom falls out of your life and the darkness is so thick you can feel it: Read, Pray and Walk.
- When you want to swallow a bottle of pills and you think NO ONE would care: Read, Pray and walk.
- When you are lonely: Read, Pray and Walk.
- When you are questioning everything you have ever been taught: Read, Pray and Walk.
You will be doing yourself a favor if the Bible and Prayer become a habit in your life. God will teach you in every situation and you can store it up in a spiritual candle drawer to pull out some Light for the time of darkness. And even if you haven’t been maintaining it and you can’t think of a verse to help guide you, Remember this:
Jesus said if we follow Him, we will NOT walk in darkness, but we will have the LIGHT OF LIFE.
Life means a beating heart, health and GROWTH!
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
We need to do a little growing up in Him don’t we?
I put a Bible reading schedule at the bottom of my post in this blog every day. We have no excuse to not know where to read. If you don’t have a Bible, let me know so we can find a way to get you One!
We have a choice to either sit in the darkness, complain and bemoan our plight, and wallow in sadness, OR we can go to the Candle Drawer and get some light so we can see where we are and where we are going.
John 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Exodus 28 / I Kings 1-2 / Psalm 44 / Acts 20