If you check up the different translation of John 8:12 , most of the translation states that if you follow Jesus, you shall not walk in darkness. Many people interpreted it as one should not sin if they choose to follow Jesus. So many become discouraged when they always fail in their weakness. Actually, that is a misinterpretation that will cause us to use our own strength to follow the law and miss the power of John 8:12 completely.
Powerful weapon in John 8:12
The Living Bible translation stated John 8:12 very clearly and correctly to mean that when we walk with Jesus, His light will flood our path. We will not live in confusion, discouragement and hurt. Instead, the love, grace and truth from our LORD Jesus will cause us to know how much God loves us and how great our future is. It will give us strength for every difficulty. When we are in Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit who will give us wisdom and understanding, who will instruct us in the right way to go. It is not our own effort, it is the power from the Holy Spirit that resurrected Jesus.
In Psalms 32:8, God gave us this promise:
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
Psalms 32:8 (NKJV)
We are protected in Jesus
In John 8:12, Jesus said that He is the Light of the World. In John 1:3-4, it was stated that:
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 1:3-4 (NKJV)
This tells us that when we are in Jesus, we have life. We are protected from all sicknesses, diseases, viruses, bacteria, accidents and all kinds of evil. No demonic power can harm us. In Psalms 32:7, it is written:
You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me withsongs of deliverance.
Psalms 32:7 (NKJV)
John 8:12 is a very powerful promise that Jesus himself gave to us. We must not miss this powerful weapon for we live in a fallen world, fighting against forces of darkness.
John 8:12 and Psalms 32:8 teach us how to make the right decision
Throughout our life, even from a very young age, we have to make decisions. Often, we make decisions base on the available facts and reasoning. Sometimes, we thought we chose the best path after seeking experts’ advise but things turn out to be difficult.
My child, remember this, the best advise to seek from, is from Jesus. Only He knows what lies in the future. He promised in John 8:12 that if we follow Him, we will not stumble in darkness. What does it mean to follow Jesus? How can we know that a decision we make is from Jesus?
To follow the LORD means to communicate with Him often, telling Him all the fears you have, giving Him all your confusions, crying to Him about all the obstacles in front of you, making Him the first person (and maybe even the only person) you would run to.
If you do this, you will find ideas coming into your mind given by the Holy Spirit. You will have wisdom you never have before. You will feel the presence of our LORD Jesus and the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart in keeping to the right path.
Sometimes, a decision may be right but the path can be filled with obstacles. When you walk with Jesus, He will give you the wisdom and strength to overcome the obstacles easily. You will have victory. You will have the faith to persevere. Your heart will be flooded with joy and you will discover that, that is the easiest and shortest path to success.