Turn on the Light

Ephesians 5:13. “But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth the light make manifest is light..”

When I was about eight, we moved into the upper story of a duplex that, unbeknownst to us, was infested with cockroaches. My mom was an excellent housekeeper, and if she had known those nasty little bugs were there I’m sure she never would have agreed to move in.

We didn’t see them, though, when we went to look at the house.

They came out in the dark.  They proceeded to behave like cockroaches in the dark. If  I had to get up in the night to use the bathroom, I always put slippers on my feet because I didn’t want to step on any of the creepycrawly nightmares. When I flipped the light switch, they would scatter in a hurry to hide behind the walls.  Nasty, ugly, evil-looking bugs.

They were exposed by the light.  They hated the light. They lived in dark places and did their evil cockroachy deeds in the dark. When  the light shone on them, they ran. And there was no question whatosever that they were evil.

Mom battled them valiantly, complaining to the landlord and finally getting some help. It took a while, if my memory is correct, but finally they were gone. They disappeared because they were exposed to the light–and a few appropriate chemicals.

“Men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil”(John 3:19).  The light exposes sin.  Is there something in your life that you’re not sure about?  One of those questionable things that  you don’t know whether or not you, as a child of God, should be involved with?  Turn on the light of scripture.  Study it out, and don’t let someone else’s opinion be your guide. Seek the Lord.  He will show you. If you have no peace about it, you probably should leave it alone.

We should never let sin, like roaches, proliferate in the dark places of our hearts.

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