The Verse of the Day for September 29, 2016 is taken from the Message Bible which speaks of those who prefer to walk in darkness rather than walking in the light:
“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”
Regarding darkness and light, 1 John 1:5-7 offers this reminder:
5 This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.
6-7 If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.
The exhortation to walk in the light is the inspiration, in part, for the following:
Walk in the Light
Walk in the light, the beautiful light.
Come where the dew drops of mercy shine bright,
Shine all around us by day and by night—
Jesus, the Light of the World.
Traditional Gospel Song
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying,
“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me
shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (NKJV)
We begin when we come to Him who alone is the Light
And repent, following a new path immediately.
We will forsake the world and leave behind the chains of night
And consecrate ourselves to God, set apart wholly
To worship the Lord freely with clean hands and a pure heart,
Formed for His glory, as we develop a strong prayer life.
The Word of God rooted within us will never depart.
We will study the Word of Truth, the lamp that lights our way:
No longer blind but with enlightened eyes we now can see.
We vow to be a voice for God and stand out from the crowd.
We are true servants of the Light, despite the endless strife.
We will make a joyful noise and sing His praises out loud.
Looking in the mirror of the Word, we see God’s design.
Now is the time to arise and let our light so shine.
We conclude with this reminder to “Arise and Shine”: