“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”
1 John 1:5
Yoga is very trendy right now, and while I do believe you can separate the exercise from the religion, I don’t want to write about whether Christians should do yoga or not because that conversation can go in complete circles. However, I do feel burdened to share the hope that I have found in Jesus Christ because people are searching. Searching. 1 Corinthians 4:4 says, “The god of this age [the devil] has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Everyone is searching for hope, and searching for a light, and there is no light in the darkness besides God. “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 4:6
The devil mimics the light as best he can to convince as many people as he can that a light and a hope for life can be found in ourselves or in someone or something else besides God. He is biding his time and relishing in every soul who gets distracted by his false light. However, we were made to worship and glorify God, the one who made us, and we are to credit Him with every good thing in our lives. We are to be in awe with how wonderful it is to view the beauty of the world that He made, and love Him for it. When we credit ourselves or anyone or anything else with our peace, our hope, or admire it as glorious (including ourselves, our lifestyle, a workout, another person, or a denomination), we are at the risk of putting it on a pedestal and making it an idol. Yoga is like any other thing in our life, and we have to look at our heart’s intention. Are we looking to it for our hope? If so, it is a misguided and misplaced hope, just as we can mistakenly put our trust in many different things.
Our peace is shaken by the grief of this world. When our hearts are resting on unstable hope, they are shaken and destroyed by the inevitable changes of the world. However, when we look to the true light, and put our hope in the true Prince of Peace, we can be at ease knowing He does not change. He doesn’t follow trends or convince you to do the same. Everything else will change–our lives, our bodies, our journeys, feelings, friendships, financial situation, ideas–and if we are basing our hope and peace in anything that
can will change, we will be disappointed, let down, and left depressed.
If you are searching for a light, instead of looking to a lifestyle, workout, club, group of people, or hoping to find it in yourself, look to the Lord. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) He is the True Light, and our only hope for complete peace in this life.