“From time to time precious rays of light from Jesus shone upon them, yet often they were like men groping among shadows.” DA439

This reminds me of Keith Green’s Song, “Asleep in the Light.” He says, The world is sleeping in the dark that the church just can’t fight, ’cause it’s asleep in the light.” 

It’s too easy to wag my finger in condescending disappointment at how others are so dim to the light shining from Jesus. But there is enough of that going on already. I’m going to propose another view–this experience of receiving precious rays of light while acting like men groping in the shadows is normal. There are specific reasons why they are groping–but these only point to a dysfunction of nature that we can’t do anything about. It’s a nature that is cursed,  and I don’t wish anyone to remain in darkness, but it’s normal that many Christians are in darkness. Does it make them lost? Were the disciples lost? They gave up all to follow Jesus. These first Christians were often as men groping in the darkness, why should the system be different for us? Certainly understanding the 2300 day prophecy, the seventh-day Sabbath, and that the dead sleep until Jesus comes doesn’t change our faulty nature.

Never can humanity of itself attain to a knowledge of the divine. … Only the spirit of adoption can reveal to us the deep things of God.” DA439

Carefully consider these thoughts. Never… Only… these superlatives show there is only one way out of normal human spiritual darkness. Do you believe in miracles? A change in nature is the only way out. Thanks to Jesus who revealed to Nicodemus that we can’t even see the kingdom of heaven unless we are born again. Born from the darkness of a preoccupation with self. Born to be a spiritual man, not our own; raised from the dead in Christ.

“Love for souls for whom Christ died means crucifixion of self. … Selfishness is death.” DA445

That last statement keep coming home to my mind. How often my prayers focus only on myself! How often my time and money is spent to satisfy myself! I know this is normal, but God didn’t call us out of our normal human darkness to bumble around in the light. The disciples found it eventually, not of their own knowledge, but by the power of adoption, miraculous change, and a completely different focus that only God can create. I will pray for this continued change.