Walking in the Light

Wednesday, Apr. 19                  

“Growth requires exposure to the light.”  Plants need light.  Without going into a lot of detail, the process of photosynthesis produces thousands of products that benefit us.  Without light, we could not exist.  So light has become an analogy for spiritual life.  Jesus said that he was the light of the world.  John 8:12.  That analogy expresses a lot of truth.  Light dispels darkness—which depicts sin and death.  Light allows a person to see where he’s going.  Light kills germs.  So Jesus chose a very fitting analogy.  I like the word “circumspect.”  This word is made up of two root words, one having to do with light and one meaning “all around.”  A light bulb sends out light in all directions.  The light is dispersed in an inverse proportion to the distance from its source.  I’m not a mathematics guru, so never mind the formula for this.  The point is that proximity to the source of light determines the effectiveness of the light.  We have lost some of the root meaning of this word over time.  It is used only twice in the KJV and not at all in the NIV.  The one occasion it’s used in the N.T. is Eph. 5:15.  “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.”  The NIV renders this “Be very careful.”  That is the derived meaning as confirmed by current dictionaries.  That’s why l prefer the word “circumspect.”   I picture myself near enough to Jesus to be in that radius of light.  As I am drawn closer to him, the more I see, the more I grow, the more I repel sin, the more spiritually healthy I become.  As Heb. 12:2 says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”

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