In the darkest
night, in the deepest cave, in the most seemingly impenetrable
one tiny spark, one little match or candle, shines its brightest and
be seen from a remarkable distance. The deepest darkness can do nothing
against the tiniest spark of light. The blackness of the dark only
to increase the brightness of the light! Nor can the coldness nor the
of the deep dark cool even the tiniest flame!
In fact, if the
dark is not truly dark, that is when the brightness of the light seems
diminished. At dusk, the brightest quartz halogen, sodium and mercury
lights appear dim specks in comparison to the brightness of daylight.
as the darkness deepens, their light seems to grow brighter by the
until, after the last daylight fades, they seem to be almost as bright
as the daylight and you can read and see clearly by their light. In the
presence of a quartz halogen light, a flickering match is hardly
at all, but let the power to the halogen light be turned off, and the
of the match seems quite bright!
When the world
around you seems dark and hopeless and there is evil, hatred, war,
gang wars, muggings, robberies, and ugliness on every hand, it may seem
hopeless to live according to a higher standard, but that is exactly
your light will shine out the brightest! You may feel that the talents
and the abilities that you have are insignificant and small, but if you
will be faithful to use what you have, that tiny light will shine
in the darkness that is all around you. Furthermore, if it is fueled by
the power of the Holy Spirit, Satan and all his imps cannot blow it
No matter how tiny and feeble your light may seem to you, it still
bright when the world is dark.
When you have
the POWER of the Holy Spirit within you, you exhibit a
an assurance, a peace, a joy, a happiness that shines out as a light.
more you read your Bible, feed on the Word of God and pray, the more
you have for the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn and as God
answers your prayers, that testimony will be a bright light to those
you who live in darkness, hopelessness and despair.
It is not up to
you to choose whether you want to let your light shine or not, for
commanded, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see
good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.” (Matthew
5:16). It is not something we as His followers can fail to do if we
want to obey Him. He also said, “Ye are the light of the world.”
in Matthew 5:14. So, if we are His and we are filled with His light, we
cannot help but be lights in the darkness around us. The Apostle Paul
are all the children of light and the children of the day: we are not
the night nor of darkness.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
There are several
ways in which we allow our lights to shine. All are in the area of
God’s love to everyone around us. One is in helping the poor and needy.
if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted
then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon
58:10). In other words if you “Give a cup of cold water…” if you
the hungry in Jesus’ name, then your dimmest light will appear as
as the noonday sun.
Letting your light
shine for Jesus will not always be easy, because those who love to do
will hate you, because you expose their deeds. “And this is the
that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than
because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the
light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made
manifest that they are wrought in God.” (John
3:19-21). “We have also a more sure word of prophecy;
ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark
until the day dawn and the day star arise in your hearts:” (2
We are living
Bibles, the Word of God in action! And in Psalms 119:105, David said, “Thy
Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my pathway.” The
of the way we live should be a pathway lamp to those seeking the way
us and groping in the darkness that Satan has blinded them with.
whether natural or spiritual parents try to shield their children from
the darkness around them, and there is a sense in which this is good,
you do not send a baby out to fight a roaring lion, but what must be
is that the baby is also a tiny light and for the brightness of the
life to shine, it is not in the full daylight nor even the haze of
morning or twilight, but in the deepest black of night that their tiny
light can best be seen. While standing in full daylight, a lamp may run
out of fuel or its battery become discharged and go out or a strong
may blow it out and the fact that the light is no longer burning may go
unnoticed. But in the darkness, every flicker is a reminder of the need
to keep the lamp filled with the oil, the battery charged with the
of the Holy Spirit and shielded from the blast by the angels of God
around about those that love Him.
be that tiny light, that spark for Jesus? Will you let the light of
shine through you to a dark world and light the pathway of those around
S. M. S.