Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 52:1-34 / Titus 1:1-16 / Psalm 119:105-112
Are you afraid of the dark? If you are, then you love flashlights, daylight and light switches! It is amazing how a bedroom light will calm a child’s fear. We tend to be fearful when we are in darkness. I have discovered that fear does not dissipate when we become “mature” adults but oftentimes it intensifies.
Our future, finances, employment, relationships and health are often covered in darkness. We struggle with the unknowns and mysteries of life. Our imaginations take us to dark, depressing and defeated places. The dark places of life leave us hopeless and helpless…often stopping us in our tracks.
What is the answer to the darkness of life? Turn on the LIGHT…turn to God’s Word! “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105) David experienced the darkness of night and the power of light. The Israelite countryside was dark and only illuminated by moonbeams. People rarely traveled at night but would always carry a lamp to guide their steps onto an unobstructed pathway.
Likewise, the town streets were narrow, unlighted, cluttered and especially dark at night because of the high walled homes on either side. There were dangerous holes, muddy places, and loose stones. If a person was to walk safely, they would not only have a lamp but they would hold it down by their feet so that the light would guide their next footstep.
The Word of God gives us guidance and direction everyday. There are so many experiences in life that we have not encountered and when they present themselves, we find ourselves “in the dark”. God’s Word helps us navigate through those times, giving us insight and inspiration. It is our counsel for every difficulty, comfort in every trouble and guidance in all perplexity. It is our daily light or “life-giver” that guides us through everyday life.
That same light is also our “life-saver” as it directs our steps in the darkness of life. We trip on stones of offense, fall into the holes of temptation and get stuck in the mud of compromise. Not only does The Word illuminate us to the traps of the world, it also shines upon us with conviction and correction.
Our 20/20 vision is not enough to guide us through daily life. Our wisdom and intellect fails us in the darkness. When we walk in darkness, sooner or later we will stumble. Our head needs the illumination of God’s Word and our feet need sure, safe direction. As we venture into the darkness of the world, be sure to take the Word of God with you…it will light your way!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!