“Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.” -Psalm 97:11
Righteousness is often costly to the man who keeps to it at all hazards, but in the end it will bear its own expenses and return an infinite profit. A holy life is like sowing seed: much is going out, and apparently it is buried in the soil, never to be gathered up again. We are mistaken when we look for an immediate harvest; but the error is very natural, for it seems impossible to bury light. Yet light is “sown,” says the text. It lies latent: none can see it; it is sown. We are quite sure that it must one day manifest itself.
Full sure are we that the Lord has set a harvest for the sower of light, and they shall reap it, each man for himself. Then shall come their gladness. Sheaves of joy for seeds of light. Their heart was upright before the Lord, though men gave them no credit for it, but even censured them: they were righteous, though those about them denounced them as censorious. They had to wait, as husbandmen wait for the precious fruits of the earth: but the light was sown for them, and gladness was being prepared on their behalf by the Lord of the harvest.
Courage, brothers! We need not be in a hurry. Let us in patience possess our souls, for soon shall our souls possess light and gladness.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12
Jesus is the light of the world. His life that lives in you should be shining through you into this dark world. –excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Evening Sermon
“For Thou wilt light my candle.” -Psalm 18:28
It may be that my soul sits in darkness; and if this be of a spiritual kind, no human power can bring me light. Blessed be God! He can enlighten my darkness and at once light my candle. Even though I may be surrounded by a “darkness which might be felt,” yet He can break the gloom and immediately make it bright around me.
The mercy is that if He lights the candle none can blow it out, neither will it go out for lack of substance, nor burn out of itself through the lapse of hours. The lights which the Lord kindled in the beginning are shining still. The Lord’s lamps may need trimming, but He does not put them out.
Let me, then, like the nightingale sing in the dark. Expectation shall furnish me with music, and hope shall pitch the tune. Soon I shall rejoice in a candle of God’s lighting. I am dull and dreary just now. Perhaps it is the weather, or bodily weakness, or the surprise of a sudden trouble; but whatever has made the darkness, it is God alone who will bring the light. My eyes are unto Him alone. I shall soon have the candles of the Lord shining about me; and, further on in His own good time, I shall be where they need no candle, neither light of the sun. Hallelujah!
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Evening Sermon: Why Some Hate the Light | John 3:19-21 | Anthony Vance
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” -John 3:19-21
A man’s unwillingness to believe is not a matter of intellect, influence, or impression. It’s a matter of his sinful nature. Man has no natural appetite for the Gospel.
-excerpts from Anthony Vance’s Evening Sermon
“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” John 1:6-9
John the Baptist was a pale light in comparison to the Light he was reflecting. The purpose of His life was to point to another. As great as John was, he knew his role and knew Who was greater. – J. Anthony Vance, from 11/22/2015 Evening Sermon on John 1:6-9
Listen: The Word & His Witness | John 1:6-9
We hope to be back next week with our daily posts, but for now, we hope you will take the opportunity to listen to the sermons from Sunday.
Sunday Morning | Stability in an Unstable World | Philippians 4:4-7
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:4-7
Sunday Evening | The Glory of the Son of God & His Relationship with the Darkness | John 1:5
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5