This is the message that we have heard from him and announce to you: “God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.” If we claim, “We have fellowship with him,” and live in the darkness, we are lying and do not act truthfully. But if we live in the light in the same way as he is in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin (1 John 1:5-7, Common English Bible).
Yesterday I had to drive down to Bay City on an errand. I had my MP3 player going in the car. The Oak Ridge Boys rendition of I Saw the Light came on. I have always liked the song. It really hasn’t made much of a difference to me who is doing the singing. I just enjoy the song.
As I was listening, singing along and trying to pick out the bass line (Richard Sterban is a serious bass and can go much lower than your’s truly) and a sudden thought went through my head. There is a dual meaning to the song.
Whenever I listened to the song before I always thought about the meaning of, “I saw the light” as “it finally dawned on me”, “I became aware.” Think about it this way, I was living wrong and I saw the light and changed my ways.
As I was driving down the highway yesterday afternoon the thought hit me, “I saw the Light!” I saw God. The lesson above popped into my brain. “God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all…” God is Light. I saw the Light!!!
Perhaps you have already had this revelation. If so, I am happy for you. It’s just that it didn’t dawn on me until yesterday. Perhaps I should say, God didn’t reveal it to me until yesterday afternoon.
I have always found it interesting how you can read something, see something or hear something many times. You think you know and then all the sudden, coming out of the blue, as it were, you find an entirely new meaning.
That is what makes studying the Bible so interesting. No matter how many times you read something, God is alive and at work to shine new Light and God’s Living Word. I love making new discoveries in texts I think I already know well. It is like a new nugget of wisdom.
I have seen it many times in Scripture. I almost expect that it will happen at least occasionally because it has happened to me so many times in the past. But yesterday was different. This wasn’t Scripture. It was a song I have heard and sung many times during the course of my life. But now, it is a song that still contains the old meaning. Yet the meaning today is deeper than yesterday.
I know there are those who probably wouldn’t agree, but I know God used that song to speak to me as I was driving to Bay City. The Living God is at work in and around stuff. My experience served to remind me of that. It also reminded me that God can and will speak through virtually anything that is around us.
I am thankful for the experience. It was an experience that lets me say in a new way, “Praise the Lord, I saw the Light.”
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Grace and Peace,
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