Monday, August 6

Scattering Shadows

Shadows of Gates by Everywhere (sxc.hu)
"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay. . . ." -2 Corinthians 4:6-7a

Like most dystopian literature, the world can be a dark place—and not only the world but our hearts as well. I know mine is full of shadowy hallways.

But that is only half of the story.

God sent light into the darkness at the beginning of time, and He has not stopped. He continues to shine light into oppressive regions and shadowed souls. (This truth is one reason I wanted to write a dystopia with a christian worldview). God is out to flood our lives with light and overwhelm the lies, bondage, and sin within. 

Even more, He doesn't just send light; He sends Himself. Throughout Scripture, Jesus is characterized as light (Jn. 1:5, 8:12; Rev. 22:5), and in Him "there is no . . . shadow" (Jam. 1:17). The Father of lights comes to defeat the darkness in and around us.

For the believer, we have this light, this Jesus, in our frail hearts. "Whom should [we] fear?" (Ps. 27:1). The God of the universe has chosen to live in us. What reason do we have to be insecure or afraid?

His light makes all the difference. It's true for Noah and the cast of The Free & The Brave. It's true for you as well.

You "have this treasure" (2 Cor. 4:7).

2 comments:

emii. said...

Oh yes! He is light. Sometimes I do forget and I start fumbling around, worrying and trying to get someplace. thankyou for this post, mate!

ps, i read the post below this and saw you just found Go Teen Writers. is it not the awesomest place ever?:)

Charity said...

Emii, you're welcome! I am so grateful that God teaches us things that encourage others as well. I pray you'll continue to walk in His light every day on.

And yes, I do think that GTW is awesome! We are in complete agreement there :)