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Shining Lights

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who 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 earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

In the seventh chapter of the book of Judges, we see God calling Gideon to go and defeat the Midianites, because they were oppressing the Israelites—they were destroying all of their livestock and crops like a swarm of locusts.  Gideon gathered up 32,000 soldiers to do battle, but God told him he had too many men.  After separating them with a few different tasks, Gideon was left with just 300 soldiers.  God did this so the men couldn’t boast in their own accomplishments and abilities—He wanted them to know it was by His power they would be given victory. 

The plan was to give each of the 300 men a trumpet and a clay pot with a torch inside of it, and after strategically surrounding the 135,000 sleeping Midianite soldiers, they were to sound their trumpets and throw their pots to the ground and break them open, revealing a lit torch.  Dazed and confused, the Midianites awoke to this noise and they saw the 300 torches surrounding them.   Estimating a division of men for each torch they thought the odds to be insurmountable.  With this imminent doom facing them the Midianite men began to freak out, swinging their swords wildly they began killing themselves while fleeing. 

It amazes me how this convincing defeat of the Midianites started simply from the light coming forth from the broken jars of clay.  As I thought about this I began to think about how, as Christians, our bodies are referred to as “jars of clay” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7).   And just like the broken pots in the story, we too will find ourselves broken, because of the trials and tribulations we will face.  And just as light came forth from the broken jars in the form of torches, light will come forth from us as well in the form of the Holy Spirit, as we continue to seek and praise God during our times of testing. 

This light shines within us as we abide in Jesus, and He abides in us (see John 15).  This is the power inside us known as the Holy Spirit, and He is the shining light.  We cannot, nor should we attempt to manifest any light on our own because we can’t.  We must let God shine through us, as we rest at His feet and simply abide in Him, clinging to Him and prayerfully reading His Word. When we do this in the face of adversity, we will glow with a radiant truth that speaks louder than any scripture we can quote.  And this will draw those around us to the love of the Father like a moth to the light.

 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)

Let’s put our trust in God for His perfect plans for our lives, and let His light shine through all the cracks we may have. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 5:14-16 where are we to let our light shine?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Are you willing to allow God to minister to others through you during your tough times in life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Let’s choose to abide in Christ, and He will continue to abide in us. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for using the tougher times of our lives to allow others to see You within us.  May all who look upon us see You and be drawn to You, as we allow You to work through us during these times of trials and testing.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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