Jesus calls us to believe in the light so that we can become the light ourselves. Darkness is powerful – only the light can overcome it. After teaching the people all day, Jesus takes some time in solitude to pray. It is a hard week ahead. Even the Son of God needs to spend time alone with God in order to face what lies ahead.
Psalm 71 begins with the encouragement to take refuge in God. In the midst of the trial and adversaries that surround all around the psalmist, they seek refuge, protection, and safety in time alone with God. There is the admission that we cannot manage on our own but need time alone with God to find the strength and the ability to face the day or week ahead.
In both of these cases and in our case too our enemies pursue us. The messages of the world shout out things to chase after and interests to develop that are not the things of God. These things and people in our lives will challenge our faith. And like Jesus and the psalmist, we too must take time alone with God.
Today, where will you find the time to be alone with God? Where will you go to hide from the world as you seek help, protection, and love from God? It is important to make sure we are full of His presence before we go out into the world to be the light and love that dispels darkness and fills it with Christ’s presence. After being filled up, go out and give it away.
Scripture references: Psalm 71: 1-14 and John 12: 20-36