The Light Shines

  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made. 
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 
The light shines in the darkness, 
and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:1-5 (NIV)

candle-in-the-darkAny idea how many times you have read these verses? I’ll bet it is a lot. I know it is for me. But this week something jumped out at me that I hadn’t seen before. Don’t you love it when that happens?

Take a look at the verbs. Was, was, was. Was, were, was, has been. Was, was… All past tense. Done. Finished. Until…

The light shines in the darkness

A present tense that indicates that it shines and does not quit shining.

…and the darkenss has not overcome it.

Is there darkness in your life? The light shines in that darkness and is not overcome. That brings amazing comfort to me, knowing that no matter how dark it gets, the light is there, and it will remain there, and it will not be overcome by the darkness.

This week, no matter what darkness you encounter, remind yourself of this truth and take courage:

The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.


The Light Shines — 4 Comments

  1. I LOVE that when you point out something I have missed!
    No, I did not realize that “shines” was a different tense than the rest of the verse. LOVE how you make me “see” deeper than I would on my own! Thanks, Miss Susan.

    And I have been praying for months for your Israel trip and can’t believe it almost here! I am sooooo excited for you. Praying that you will have strength, endurance, health, and provision to do all you hope to while there! YAY! So happy for you!!!

    • I missed it too, Pam, for a lot of years! I love how God “turns the light on” for us :-) And thanks for the prayers for the Israel trip. I’m getting pretty excited!

  2. I needed your devotional today. You always seem to know what I need to hear. Bob had his check-up for the bladder cancer, and another growth was found. On Nov. 5th he will have that one removed. I’ve read where it is difficult to put bladder cancer in remission. Maybe this will be our life – removing one growth after another. That is better than the alternative of Stage 4 cancer.

    How wonderful that you are going to Israel. I’ve heard that it is a trip that is a life changer. We will be praying for safety, and the chance to draw closer to God.

    My Love,

    • Oh Joyce, I’m sorry to hear about Bob’s diagnosis. Thank you for always showing me a way of looking on the brighter side. And thank you for your prayers for the Israel trip. I am excited to see what God will do.

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