"But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him." John 11:9&10
As I was re-reading the story of the raising Lazarus from the dead, there was a brief statement by Jesus that stopped me in my tracks.What did He say? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, yea, that much makes sense but the next part because he sees the light of this world was eye-opening for me. I was fully expecting Jesus to say "because he sees the obstacles in his path".
See that is the difference between God's truth and earthly wisdom. We tend to approach God's word and His message from an earthly wisdom standpoint. That is why we so often just miss His true message and His real identity.
I will keep from stumbling by seeing the true light of the world not by looking for the stumbling blocks in my path. Jesus underlines His point by stating it again in a conversely positioned statement.
Him who walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him Is it becoming clear yet? Walking the narrow path requires that there be a light within us. It is not about knowing more about God; it is entirely about us actually knowing God!
Too many teachers will try to tell us that obstacle identification and avoidance are critical to our spiritual well being. This couldn't be further from the truth. Jesus says that if we see the light the obstacles well not longer be attractive.
Remember the first sin? Do you recall that there simply was not sin until God identified and obstacle and Satan then pointed it out over and over again. Contrast the "before" and the "after" of Adam and Eve's relationship with God. The before is the intimate relationship of knowing one another as they walked daily together. The after is a broken relationship of hiding and blame and fear!
Take a look at today's Church of Jesus. Is there more of the "before" or the "after" picture that you see? Our society is decaying solely because the Church of Jesus has left the "before" an bought into the "after".
How about you? Are you ready to return to the truth that brings true freedom?