Is the Light On or Off?
At some point or other, you have gotten up in the middle of the night and stumbled in the dark to reach a light. Perhaps, like me, you’ve tripped over unknown obstacles or fallen onto rearranged furniture on your way to the light.
That is a dark (forgive the pun) picture of what are lives are like -- lived in the dark without the wisdom and knowledge that comes from a daily exchange with God and His Word. Just like the obstacles that clutter our path in the dark, there are things that clutter our spiritual path. We fill our lives with things, many of them good-intentioned, that distract us in our pursuit of the intentional journey.
Psalm 119:105 says: Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path (NLT). God’s Word is available, but if our lives are too busy—too full of clutter—then we can miss His direction. It’s easy to make a wrong turn or end up head over heels, doubled over in pain because the obstacles were unavoidable in the dark.
We need to know which path to travel and then remain intentional in pursuing that course. You may have a strong desire to do the right thing—marry the right person, take the right job, say the right thing—but you have to know what is right in order to make choices that are aligned to God’s intentions. You have to know what is right, so that you can do the next right ONE THING.
The answers to life’s questions are found in the Bible. While it doesn’t say that Joseph Jones should marry Elizabeth Smith, it does tell us how to live the intentional life in Christ. It sets a standard by shining the light on what is pleasing and displeasing to Christ. You can find answers to questions like:
- How can I be a better husband and father?
- How should I live my life so that others see Christ in me?
- How can I communicate better with my husband and children?
- What is success in God’s eyes, and what is failure?
- How should I handle an injustice done to me?
- Is God really there when it feels too difficult to go on?
- What is integrity, and how can I trust God to do the right thing?
We can suffer the consequences of our choices made, fumbling in the dark—or we can understand God’s direction and instruction for our lives through His Word. As we study His will and way of doing things found in the Bible, we can experience light on the path He has set before us.
Here are four things God wants you to experience as a follower of Jesus:
“Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1 NIV)
“Through whom [Christ] we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2 NIV)
“We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4 NIV)
“Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:5 NIV)
Our Intentional God provides direction and instruction for you each and every day. He has a plan and purpose for your life. It requires a new discipline to pick up the Bible each day and study His path a little each day. But if you’ll do it, you won’t find yourself way off course, stumbling in the dark. He will light your way each step of the way.
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