Luke 11:7-10 — Walking by the light

When Jesus made the decision to go back to Judea to see Lazarus, his disciples objected, saying,

But Rabbi…a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?  (8)

Jesus’ answer is very striking.

Are there not twelve hours of daylight?  A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light.  It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.  (9-10)

What is Jesus saying here?  As long as he followed his Father’s will, he would be fine.  As long as he trusted his Father’s leading, he would not stumble.  It’s the person who fails to do either that falls into trouble.

It’s the same with us.  We talked yesterday about how Jesus wants more than anything for us to trust him.  And when we choose to believe him and follow him, we’ll see things as they really are.  We’ll see his love for us clearly despite our circumstances.  We’ll see our trials for the temporary things that they are.

But when we walk apart from he who is the Light of the world, we find ourselves stumbling around in discouragement and despair because of all the trials and hurts that we go through.

How about you?  How clearly are you seeing?

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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