“No-one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light” (Luke 8:16).
True story: many years ago, a young man was driving alone on Hwy #66 in Arizona. On a whim, and to combat the boredom of the trip, he pulled off the interstate and headed north to witness the spectacle of the Grand Canyon.
By the time he got in the vicinity of the canyon, it was well after dark. Finally at 10:30, the young driver parked his vehicle on the side of a lonely road. Dog-tired, and scuffling along the unfamiliar terrain in the intense darkness, he groped through the adjacent trees, dropping his sleeping bag on some moss, and quickly fell asleep.
The next day’s morning sun forced him to blink open his eyes. To his utter astonishment, he had spent the night within one arm’s length of the canyon precipice – a drop of well over 150 meters!
The darkness had caused him to make a decision that naively placed him in extreme risk – in a way that would never have happened had he been aided by light.
In New Testament times, lamps were expensive to own, and more expensive to use.
It is hard for us to imagine the importance of light in antiquity; we are so accustomed to ubiquitous electricity, that most of us are almost never in total darkness. But like a flashlight on a dark night, oil lamps were indispensible after the sun went down.
The Lord Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). As light eradicates darkness and the resulting confusion, the light of the teaching of Jesus cuts through spiritual darkness providing clarity and illumination.
And exposing that which was formerly concealed.
After the illustration of the lamp, Jesus went on to say, “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open” (Luke 8:17).
Takeaway: reading my Bible daily, even if only for a short duration, demonstrates my commitment to the light of the Saviour eradicating darkness – and exposing sin – in my life.