Please welcome Laura Rath. I’ve loved getting to know Laura through our writing at 5 Minutes for Faith. She writes about faith and life and Journey in Faith.
Laura wrote the following on her “About Me” page:
I won’t try to make you think I have it all together all the time. Some days, I’m a real mess, but every time, God picks me up and puts me back on my feet.
He wants to do the same for you.
What I share here are stories of my faith journey…as I go through each day, stepping out in faith and trusting God.
Some days are better than others.
It’s true isn’t it? Life is hard some days. Messy. But together we get up, go out, and live in and with the courage and strength God gives. His light poured into and through our lives.
There is Strength When Light Exposes the Darkness
I recently heard a presentation in which the speaker compared digital photos to pictures taken with a camera and film. Instead of instant images, the roll of film remained in its own little container until it could be developed in a darkroom. If the film was exposed to light, the pictures would be ruined.
The speaker stressed…the film could not be exposed to light.
And it made me think of Satan, who thrives in the darkness. It’s where his lies take root and grow like weeds. He loves the dark, and he wants us there with him.
Because when the schemes of the devil are exposed to light, they are ruined. The light enables us to see him for what he is—a liar.
[Tweet “I imagine Satan marking his plans with a warning label…Do Not Expose to Light!”]
For Satan’s evil plans to work, they require the cover of darkness. And we live in a dark world.
God knows exactly how dark this world is and how desperately we need Him. He provides the light—His Light—so we can see clearly.
At creation, God gave us light to dispel the darkness.
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:3-4 NLT
He led the Israelites with a pillar of fire, giving them light so they wouldn’t lose their way.
By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Exodus 13:21 NIV
Jesus came to earth and walked among us, to be our Light in this broken and sinful world.
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 NLT
We have the Light of the Gospel to guide us and teach us throughout our lives. We have God’s truth at our fingertips.
The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:4-6 NIV (parentheses mine)
As followers of Christ, we are instructed to live in the light and let it shine in us for others to see.
For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Ephesians 5:8-9 NLT
And we are warned to stay alert. Satan will do anything and everything to tempt us and convince us the darkness is where we belong.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. 1 Peter 5:8-9a
God provides the Light—the only Light—that cuts through the darkness of this world—and exposes the enemy for what he is.
A little more about Laura…
Laura Rath is a wife, mother, writer, blogger, and works in church ministry. She writes to encourage women in their walk with Christ. Laura shares stories of her faith journey on her blog Laura Rath ~ Journey in Faith, and is a regular contributor at LifeNotes. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.