Oswald Chambers wrote, “In the early stages of the Christian life, disappointments will come— people who used to be lights will flicker out, and those who used to stand with us will turn away. We have to get so used to it that we will not even realize we are standing alone. We must build our faith not on fading lights but on the Light that never fails.“
I have been thinking about these words, about the light that never fails. It’s easier to see light now that spring is here. It’s easier to remember, somehow easier to hope. But do we still always remember to build our faith on the Light that never fails? Do we truly see the Light that never fails?
I really think it isn’t always easy to believe. Faith can be easy, in a way. But truly believing in Jesus, that He is the Light that never fails? I don’t think that is always easy. Not when things are hard. And not even when things aren’t hard.
But here is what I have found: that Light is all around us. I think I sometimes tend to focus on the darkness, linger in the shadows. I hesitate to step out, to make myself focus on the light. But it’s here on the edges, where darkness and light meet — that I am reminded of all the greatest lessons I have learned and the greatest love I have experienced. It’s always there that I hear His voice calling, that I feel His grace pouring out.
And maybe that’s you as well? Maybe it’s dark right now, the shadows pressing on your weary soul. But seek for the light, for you will find it. He calls us out from the darkness, our hearts in His hands as He walks right alongside us through this. So there will always be enough grace, enough light to keep going.
“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
Light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:16)
Charles Spurgeon said, “”The people which sat in darkness saw great light.” Now Christ is not only light, but great light; he reveals great things, he manifests great comforts, saves us from great sin and great wrath, and prepares us for great glory. He is, however, a Savior that must be seen.“
So we need to remember that not all see yet, though there is light. They do not see; they do not understand. So we must be lights in this world as well, reflecting the light of our Savior. And honestly? The brightest lights are those who shine that love towards their Savior and towards His people. That love is so bright, it will be seen, no matter what.
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