Looking for Light
Given a choice, people generally prefer light to darkness. When we shop for flashlights, we get the biggest, brightest one we can afford. We have flashlights in the bedroom, in the kitchen, and in the car. We have tiny night-lights in the bathroom and the kids’ rooms. We even have battery operated devices plugged into the walls that come on in the event of a power failure. We love to see houses at night with lights shining brightly from every window (and if it didn't run up our energy bills so high, we would light up our own homes that way!).
Where there is light, there is “life”—meaning the ability to work, socialize, make progress, find lost things, and fix broken things. We are so used to the presence of light—natural or artificial—that we take for granted how absolutely necessary it is. We are people who are totally—totally—dependent on light in the long run. Anyone who has ever been spelunking—“cave crawling”—knows the effects of darkness. In a cave, where the darkness is absolute, you literally cannot see anything. Something dangerous could be right beside you without you knowing it. Darkness is disorienting, it produces fear, and it separates us from others. Bright light is definitely better.
But there is “light,” and then there is “light.” For our eyes to see, we need “electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength in the range of 4,000 to 7,700 angstroms.” That’s the light our eyes recognize when we flip the switch on the wall. But “physical” light is only so helpful. Just because we can see the intersection ahead doesn't always mean we know which way to turn. That’s when we need a stronger kind of light--the light that only God’s word can provide.
God knows who we are, that the paths of our lives are not straight lines. (Even a powerful spotlight cannot shine around the next corner.) God has shown us the road to heaven, but it is filled with twists and turns. Don’t worry—he’s promised to give us the light we need from his word. But to teach us to trust him, he often only gives it one turn at a time.
God’s Promise to You: “There is nothing you need to see that I will not help you see.”
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