By Day or By Night?

March 24, 2022

“’Aren’t there twelve hours in a day?’ Jesus answered. ‘If anyone walks during the day, he doesn’t stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks during the night, he does stumble, because the light is not in him.’”

John 11:9-10

Written by Patty Taylor from the Brentwood Campus

By Day or By Night?

Did your mama ever say to you, “Nothing good ever happens after midnight”? It does seem that crime and accidents often happen in the dark. In today’s scripture, Jesus—who had been with His followers for several days—was reminding them, “Aren’t there twelve hours in a day?”

He continues, “If anyone walks during the day, he doesn’t stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks during the night, he does stumble, because the light is not in him.” So, what does it mean to walk by day or by night?

To Walk in The Light

The light illuminates. It dispels the darkness and illumines our way in the midst of the darkness. Christ is the True Light. And He has called us to be the light to those around us, tangibly assisting those in darkness and guiding them on their journey into the light.

In our daily walk, we often find ourselves in the midst of unexpected temptation or perhaps in a season of darkness. We must be aware that Jesus is the light of our path and that He will lead us out of any harm. He also will help us to be a light to those around us. We have to be willing to shine and not be hidden so that God can use us to show His glory.

His Truth is Light

As Matthew Henry says, “Christ, wherever He went, walked in the day; and so shall we, if we follow His steps.” Men should work in the light of day when they can see what they are doing, rather than at night when they might stumble because the light has been removed.

So, remember what we know to be true: We must trust the plans of God. His plans will result in good outcomes. Jesus in these verses was pointing out that it is important to act while there is still daylight. Light prevents danger which comes after dark. Since Jesus is walking in God’s light, His actions are safe because God is protecting Him. Therefore, if we follow Him, we are safe as well.

Now What?

Consider your current journey with Jesus. Are you walking in obedience as you pursue what is light? If so, thank God for making Himself known to you in this season and continue journey alongside Him. If the light feels far, reflect on what closeness to Jesus is all about: spend time in His Word and in fellowship with fellow believers. Cling to the light as you pursue His will for you.

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