We recently changed our clocks in Canada as we switched to Daylight Savings Time.
Wikipedia defines ‘Daylight Savings Time’ in this way…
“Daylight saving time (DST) is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months by one hour so that evening daylight lasts an hour longer, while sacrificing normal sunrise times. Typically, regions that use Daylight Savings Time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time.
American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin proposed a form of daylight time in 1784. He wrote an essay “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” to the editor of The Journal of Paris, suggesting, somewhat jokingly, that Parisians could economize candle usage by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning, making use of the natural morning light instead. New Zealander George Hudson proposed the idea of daylight savings in 1895.”
Whatever the reason, it is great to enjoy an hour more light during the evening hours. It’s depressing to leave home and arrive home in the darkness. I’ve met several people who suffer from a lack of natural light through the winter months.
Physical darkness is one challenge. Spiritual darkness is a challenge of a different nature. The God who has revealed Himself in the pages of Scripture is a God of light. He said, “Let there be light, and there was light,” Genesis 1. His Son, our Saviour, claimed to the Light of the world.
Followers of Jesus Christ have been rescued by God out of darkness and brought into His wonderful light.
Paul, the author of 1 Thessalonians, challenges the believers in their conduct using the analogy of light and darkness.
“But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him…” (1 Thess. 5:4-10)
- Christians are not in darkness. They have light within them granted by God and His word is a ‘lamp to their feet and a light to their path.
- Christians are not sleeping spiritually. Others may carelessly doze, but believers are called to alertness and self-control. Their daily conduct stands out from those who hide the darkness of their hearts within the darkness of our culture.
So how much light do you have? What use are you and I making of the light? How seriously are you seeking to co-operate with God’s Spirit in eradicating the darkness from your life? In John 3 we are reminded that ‘Men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil.’ A hatred of the darkness is evidence that the Spirit of God indwells our lives and brings with Him the light of God’s presence.
This theme permeates the New Testament. First John picks it up further and reminds us that God is light, so if we claim to have fellowship with such a God, we too must reflect the light of His holiness and purity. Why not begin this day by asking God to shine His all-searching light into our hearts and as He points out the darkness, let’s confess it, forsake it and intentionally move that part of our lives into the light.