John 11: 8-10.
His disciples say unto Him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone Thee; and goest Thou thither again?
Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
When Jesus, after waiting two days from the time He received the message that Lazarus was ill, said that He was ready to return into Judea, the disciples were immediately concerned.
“Master, they wanted to stone You there! Are You sure You want to return to a place that rejected You?”
Jesus responded with what may seem an obscure lesson, but let’s take a closer look.
First, the Jewish day started at 6 a.m. and ended at 6 p.m. Whatever work needed to be done that day had to be done while it was still light enough to see.
Second, Jesus used the situation to remind His disciples that He had an allotted “twelve hours,” so to speak, in which to accomplish the work the Father had sent Him to do. No time could be wasted.
Finally, Jesus knew that no harm could come to Him during the daylight, or the time which the Father had given Him to accomplish His work. He knew He was safe from harm because He operated in the light of the Father’s protective hand.
The lesson for the disciples is the same for us: Don’t waste the time allotted to you. Work while you can see, because in the dark it is easy to stumble. The darkness of Jesus’ coming trials and death was looming, and He understood the value of using the daylight hours to their best advantage.
I am reminded of the old gospel song Work for the Night is Coming.
Perhaps this simple song will have more meaning to you when you connect it to these words of Jesus.