John 3:19-21 “Stay in the Light!”
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
Evil - hiding and living in the shadows. Light - good deeds and pride in godly living. This passage makes it pretty darn easy to understand the core principles driving our world.
Talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing...Drugs are a strong example of disease on society. Millions of people are users, thousands are drug criminals, and all of it is hidden in a society of hiding in darkness. The evil of drugs is tearing apart the country. The drug mafia is controlling Mexico, and Americans that buy “innocent” drugs, like pot, are financing a multi-billion dollar evil industry. When you’re in the drug scene, you don’t even realize you’re spending life hiding in the darkness, and most drug users certainly don’t relate with supporting the evil of the drug mafia.
People who live godly lives have nothing to hide; they live in the light. They aren’t embarrassed by their good ways. Good people aren’t concerned that someone will catch them doing something right; it’s just not a concern! That’s the ultimate goal God has for you, being such a positive example that you draw evil people away from their life in hiding. Yes, God’s blessing as a result of doing life His way is a pretty good reward as well!
It’s said, “Character is what you do when no one is watching.” That’s a pretty good barometer of the ways of a person’s character. If you’re hiding, you are probably not doing what you should be doing. God’s direction is simple: Stay in the Light!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”