Having one of those days! I find myself in a bit of a situation at this very moment. I’m sure everyone has these times when there are things you probably should be focused on, but your thoughts are fragmented at best by things you yearn to be doing. Here I find myself lost in the light.
What I mean by that is that even though I have a clear set of responsibilities and actions that I could be doing, I have handicapped myself in a state of indecision because of what is going on around me.
So, you been there before? Let’s call it being ‘Lost in the Light’.
This morning’s devotionals were inspiring, as they always are. I really feel like at times God’s blessed me too much. The concept of one’s ‘cup over flowing’ with blessings seems to be a consistent thing. The more I delve into His Word the more He piles on His indescribable Grace.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (CSB)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.”
Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
So, I find myself in good company with our brother in the Lord Paul. In fact, Lord, your Grace is beyond the definition of sufficient for me.
1 Timothy 1:12-14 (CSB)
I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because he considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry — even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. But I received mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
“Grace of our Lord” overflowing! I have to ask myself (or perhaps Paul in a symbolic sense), if this is something that the Apostle Paul felt was pertinent enough to point to in his writings, surely, he has some insight into dealing with the feeling of being overwhelmed by Grace, doesn’t he?
He touches here on faith that are ‘in’ Christ Jesus so let’s look further into demonstrations of what that is.
1 John 5:3-4 (CSB)
For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. And his commands are not a burden, because everyone who has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.
Our ‘faith’ in Jesus IS the victory. We already have the victory, so why do we persist in loading up on concern and feelings of misdirection. Well it is a pretty good assumption, that the enemy has something to do with that.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (CSB)
Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.
The enemy will do anything to defeat a Christian who is putting their ‘faith’ in action. It’s exactly why we should never let our guard down.
I opened this article with the fact that I was having one of those days where the passion inside was overwhelming and there was so much that I could do, but I couldn’t really decide what to do first.
Now this in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. But the fact that I allowed it to frustrate me is nothing more than me leaving an opening for the devil to interfere with my Joy. Yes, Joy!
“Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion!” Well, roar away, you nasty beast. I’ve got the Joy of the Lord in me and you are NOT going to take that away. Not now, not ever.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (CSB)
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Simple fact, when I started writing this I had allowed that lion to take a bite out of my joy, I had neglected to pray about it and by no means was I giving thanks for anything. As a matter of fact, if anything, I was whining about the state of my life. “I don’t know what to do!!”, echoes in my recent memory. I was lost in the Light. And the enemy was using that to his advantage.
Which brings me to the point of this discussion. We tend to do a little better job of having our guard up when things are going poorly. We as Christians should be aware that the devil will take any opportunity to defeat us and that doesn’t always have to be a bad situation. It can be when we are feeling overwhelmed with the blessings of God.
If we are going to be successful in defeating the enemy we need to be aware that these attacks can and will happen in good times and tough times, when things are going south and when we couldn’t ask for anything more, when our hearts are breaking and when we are elated with joy. That’s what the roaming about is telling us, the devil will use any opportunity to chip away at our joy, faith, and hope.
I can hear some of you saying, well this was a minor matter. It’s not like it was anything significant that we need to be concerned about.
That couldn’t be further from the truth!
Song of Songs 2:15 (CSB)
Catch the foxes for us — the little foxes that ruin the vineyards — for our vineyards are in bloom.
It is the little things where the enemy likes best to begin his erosion of our trust in the Lord. Those little foxes gnawing on the branches of the ‘true vine’ causing them to fail to produce fruit.
John 15:5 (CSB)
I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.
How simple the little things can begin to drive a wedge in our ability to function effectively in the Grace provided to us and we find ourselves ‘Lost in the Light’.
I’d suggest to you that the way to pull yourself out of this condition is exactly what we did here today. Go to the Word of God and seek your comfort there. Ask yourself three specific questions. 1) Is my joy present, am I rejoicing right now, and why? 2) Have I prayed about it? 3) Am I giving God thanks for this situation that I’m experiencing right this minute?
These four things (the Word & three self-examination questions answered) will bring the realization that we don’t have to be defeated, because “This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.”
Effectively turning being ‘Lost in the Light’ in to ‘Faith that expels the darkness’!