For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.
Ignorance, authentic unknowing, is a serious foe for the well-intentioned heart. And clearly, there is no shortage of well-intentioned, yet ignorant hearts in the quest after God. Tragically, ignorance provides no buffer for the well-intentioned as the consequences of ignorance come crashing down on those well-intentioned seekers crawling around in the dark. Tragically, innocent bystanders are equally touched by the consequences of well-intentioned ignorance. But God rarely leaves persistent seekers in the dark, instead offering light upon the trail yet ahead.
Nonetheless, light is often painful for eyes long accustomed to wandering around in the dark. And those exposed to the light often shrink away from the light, ill-prepared to leave the domain of darkness, patterns of living now quite comfortable for those long accustomed to the dark. No darkness more dangerous than darkness cloaked in the dim light of self-righteousness, the pretense of good enough for entrance into the throne room of the King.
And light is problematic on so many fronts for those determined to make the patterns of dark-living acceptable to God. But there is no hiding from the light of God. You simply cannot un-see what has been seen. Nor can the lighted path for today’s trek be ignored as the temptation to wander down old, familiar paths lures the sighted down old comfortable roads, ways of ‘being and doing’ acceptable in the days of old, but no longer.
So comes the decision to surrender to the light or steadfastly refuse to yield. Many are those afraid of the light, unwilling to journey down paths new and unfamiliar. Indeed, the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Your eyes will adjust to the light soon enough. Be not afraid. Dare to walk down the new lighted path. Abundant life is just around the bend for those who chase on…