(Exo 20:3) “You shall have no other gods before Me.
There is so much excitement about a solar eclipse. It doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, people are enthusiastic and have a reason to look up and take a break from their regular lives. Experts say to wear special viewing glasses. And you always have your mom or teacher’s voice in your head saying to never stare into the sun or you’ll go blind! But what happens in nature usually finds a parallel in the spiritual life. So, let’s talk about what can occur to any of us. And that is an eclipse of the Son.
God gave the Ten Commandments, and the first one was to have no other gods before Him. And when Jesus Christ came He was the Son of God and the Light of the world. (2 Cor 4:6) For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. The Bible commands us to walk in the light and avoid the darkness. (1 John 1:6) If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. So that means if we put anything before the Lord in importance, we are eclipsing the Son and are walking in darkness.
If you think about it, it doesn’t even take something big like the moon to block out the sun. You can hold up a wee coin to the sun and block out the sight of it. Do you see the comparison now? Whatever it may be, large or small, it can block out the sight of the light that wants to shine on your life.
There is so much competition to our spiritual lives in this fallen world we live in. The things of this life will try to eclipse our focus on Christ. But the Bible says we are to maintain our concentration on Jesus at all times, and not let other things crowd out His light:
(Heb 12:2) looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith . . .
(1 John 2:15-17) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
What is it that is trying to block out the light and love of Jesus from your life? Is it starting to get dark and cold in your heart? Are you missing the Son that was shining ever so brightly on you and gave you that warm glow you used to enjoy so much? Are the things of this world really that important? Ask the Lord to help you put aside that distraction that has come between you and your Savior. Then let that light shine to brighten this dark world!