Thankful: God is the light of the world

Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

– John 8:12

Today I am thankful that God is the light of the world.

In the beginning, God chose to create light first. With light comes life, and hope. When God sent His Son into the world, He gave the Light to us.

Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it…The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

– John 1:5, 9

Just as light overcomes darkness, God helps us overcome whatever circumstances we face. With His light, we can see clearly to take our next step confidently by God’s side. His light protects us, guides us, and casts aside our fears. David writes in Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom should I be afraid?”

When we don’t know which way to turn, who to believe or how to move forward, God promises us His light. We can look to Him and trust His light to lead us. The Psalmist reminds us that “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

Jesus proclaimed that He is the light of the world. When we follow Him, we will never walk in darkness. We will have His light.

Follow the light today. Follow Jesus!

Thankful: God is the good shepherd

I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me, as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep.

– John 10:14-15

Today, I am thankful that Jesus is the good shepherd.

Jesus knows me. I am His. And Jesus intends for me to know Him, like He knows the Father. As the good shepherd, Jesus cares for me, provides for my needs, helps me to rest and enjoy the beauty He created (makes me lay down in green pastures) and guides me toward peace (leads me beside the still waters). Jesus protects me and teaches me to walk by His side.

He is my shepherd. Sometimes He needs to comfort me with His rod and staff, but He never gives up on me. When I wander off, He comes and finds me, rescuing me from the pit I’m ensnared in.

He is with me always, through the day and through the night. He knows my flaws and weaknesses. He knows what causes me to stumble. Jesus notices when I cannot take another step, and then carries me on His shoulders, just as He carried the cross.

His arms stretched out to take on my sin, to endure the punishment I deserved. Love compelled Jesus to lay down His life, lifted up on the cross.

I am secure as one of Jesus’s sheep. He says that “my sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish – ever! no one will snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:27-28)

The Good Shepherd is so good to me.