As we continue our 21 days of prayer and fasting our devotional guide takes us to John 8 (yesterday) and John 9.
The key verse our author uses is verse 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." The challenge is simple. Where do you need to allow the light of the Holy Spirit to come in and "shine" in your life? True, you may not like what you see, the woman caught in adultery sure didn't, but the results were better than she anticipated.
I also want to point out something else of importance. Jesus and the Pharisees were engaging in what was suppose to be a open air debate. It quickly revealed itself for what it was. An argument that no one was going to win. The Pharisees were there to discredit and defeat Jesus.
The Pharisees couldn't understand what Jesus was saying because the source of their life wasn't God. (See verses 43ff) When you speak to people about faith, church and Jesus sometimes we get frustrated with them because they don't seem to understand what you are saying. Nothing new. Their source of life isn't' the same as yours. Now there are only 2 courses. Jesus and this world. We know that Satan in the god of this world so you can figure out from there whose in charge. Most people that we know are not as stubborn as the Pharisees. Jesus was standing right in front of them and they didn't get it. Have patience with people and pray that the Holy Spirit will lift the blinders from their eyes so that they can see what you are saying.
If you didn't ready todays devotional, you will really miss the point of this passage. Why did Jesus put mud in that mans eye?
But the rest of the chapter is really funny. Here are the same Pharisees questioning the former blind man, trying to figure out how this happened. They don't want to acknowledge that Jesus did it. In the end, an unlearned Jew lectures the Pharisees on how theology works. Boy did they get mad! But that's how it works. Jesus, in chapter 8 is the light of the world. In chapter 9 that light changed one mans life so that he could understand what the Pharisees couldn't. Yes, it is that simple.
Today's prayer: Lord help me to always be in your light. Give me the courage to be in it and help me to share that light with others. Don't let be get frustrated or angry with those who are blinded by the god of this world. You told us that they wouldn't like you and it should be no surprise. Help me to love them as you loved the blind man. In Jesus name I pray - Amen.