To Walk In The Light
“Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while he have the light, lest darkness come a upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While he have light, believe in the light” (John 12:35-36)
Walk with godly simplicity as little children. If the LORD shows you any danger, be sure you watch against that, stand off for it as far as you can, dread it, “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of the darkness.” If you had ever had the light, God has shown you in it His unchangeable love toward you, “without shadow of turning,” and eternal. Now this you must hold fast when you get in darkness. If He hides His face, it is for sin, and to bring sin to light. Do therefore keep on confessing your sins; if you know not the particular sin, confess that you are in all your ways a sinner; and He will come again, and again, and again. Do not say He has never shown you any favour, or not so much as others, or any such thing.
True faith worketh by love to God. But Jesus said, “I come not to judge the world, but to save the world.” Now if we can get this into our hearts, that Jesus Christ is not a Judge, but a Saviour, we shall get great good by it; as when we have contracted guilt, to go to Him, and to remember that He is a Saviour.
Paul says (Romans 13.), “It is high time to awake out of sleep” — you have been in darkness a long while. It is time to awake, and “cast off the works of darkness.” There are works that must be cast off: 1. Works from a legal spirit. 2. Carnal reasoning 3. A self-justifying spirit. If you can find in your heart to leave your honour with the LORD, it will be better for you. Another work to cast off is an impatient, murmuring spirit when He is gone, that you may put on patience. Do not make a mistake here; this patience is a most active principle, a sweet grace of the Spirit. Do not say, “None can quicken his own soul; I must wait till He comes.” That is true in itself, but not as you may say it. For all fleshly works must be put off. The Word says, “Let us put on the armour of light . . . . Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Romans 13:11-14). This armour you must be defended with; and “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). Do not say, “I cannot do this;” or, “I want comfort, and not reproof.” All this is not the wisdom that comes from above; it is not being as a little child. All these things must be cast off, and every idol that claims the heart before the Lord Jesus Christ.
– James Bourne