I have again been reading the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds with the day of the month each morning in my quiet time. Yesterday I couldn't help but be amazed at how Proverbs 29:27 "The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright," is such an accurate picture of our world today.
It seems to me those who desire to follow Jesus detest the dishonesty and immorality that is so widespread in the world today, and those who don't want to follow Him detest those who try to. The whole concept is becoming more and more pronounced in the past few years, I think. I have heard others say the dark is getting darker and the light is getting brighter and I believe they are right. Darkness hates light, so persecution is beginning to be much more evident--and I am sure will be more so--as people refuse to turn to the One who can deliver them out of darkness into the marvelous light.
But we all know that light overcomes darkness. Even one small candle can do much to light up a room, so we must heed the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:16 to "let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." It is the only way those walking in darkness are going to see the goodness of the Lord and desire to know Him.
It is time for those who love the Lord to shine brightly.