We never really appreciate the value of something until we go to use it and it does not work. You are sitting in your house, enjoying a nice evening with friends in front of a roaring fireplace, sipping egg nog, and telling stories of days gone by. Suddenly the power goes out and other than the flickering light from the fireplace you are in complete darkness. You run to grab the candles and flashlights. First you cannot find the matches to light the candles. Then you cannot locate the flashlights. Once you do find them, buried deep in a box in the garage, you find out that the batteries do not work. You run to the kid’s bedroom and borrow batteries from their CD-player, only to find out that they too are dead. And just about the time you are ready to lose your patience, the power comes back on. All of a sudden that five dollar flashlight, those cheap store-brand batteries, and the matches that you got from the last wedding you attended all seem pretty valuable. Sound familiar?
Or maybe you find yourself camping and your daughter has to go the bath house in the middle of the night. You’ve made that trip every night so you don’t need a flashlight to illuminate the path. But on this night, you take the flashlight anyway. About halfway into your trip to the bath house you hear a noise rustling through the leaves in front of you. You flip on the flashlight just in time to see a snake slithering across the path. At that moment, your old cracked flashlight held together with duct tape is worth a great deal.
Many of us wander through life never really tapping into the light that can brighten our path and illuminate the darkness for us. We stumble and fall, we wander off the path, and we trip over objects in front of us, all because we try and walk through life’s journey without God’s light guiding our steps. The Bible is full of references to God as light unto our path. Here are a few of those verses…
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
The unfolding of your word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130
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
In the Book of Revelation, talking about the New Jerusalem, we read these words – The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Revelation 21:23
In John 8:12, Jesus said this about Himself – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”
And finally, Paul tells us that the darkness of sin is dispelled by the light of the gospel. In 2 Corinthians 4:4-6 we read this – The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
So today, we encourage you to seek God and His light. His light will help to point out sin in your life and His light will also help you navigate the dark nights when you find yourself walking on an unfamiliar (or even familiar) path. Ask God to give you faith to walk in His light and also for fresh batteries for your dim flashlight.