Thursday, February 6, 2014

"The Flashlight"

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
God's word is many things to us. His word is a lamp and a light unto our path. Have you ever walked into a dark room or outside in the dark? My mother in law lives next door to us so many times we will just walk across the yard to her house. If we go late in the day and stay too long we have to walk home in the dark. There is no light outside to see by and if the moon is hid behind the clouds it is very dark. The darkness leaves us with the inability to see where we are going. Although I have walked that path many times, without a light I am still unsure of where to place my next step. Because we are unable to see we don't know what lies ahead of us making it easy to stumble or fall. At those times my one wish is for a flashlight. 
Life has its times of "light" and "darkness". There are times when we see everything clearly. We know where we are going, what we are doing, and have clear direction. But then there are times when it is "dark". The way before us is unclear, we don't know what to do, we can't see to make the next step. This happens on "familiar" paths of life-- those places we have been through before-- and on "unfamiliar" paths-- the places we have never been through before. On either path, the familiar and unfamiliar, we have one desire-- light! 
The good news is that there is "light" for us so that we don't have to walk in darkness down any path that we are on. That light is God's word. His word will give us light to "see" as we walk the path of life. It will give us the light of peace, of direction, of comfort and of joy. When we read God's word, hide it in our hearts and apply it in the situation, it is like having a "flashlight" with us to light up our path. Also, when we have Jesus living in our lives, He is the Living Word and the Light of men, His presence gives us light. 
As long as we have God's Word-- the written promises-- and God's Word-- the Lord Jesus-- in our lives, we will never walk in darkness. The Light will always be with us shining on our path of life. 
Have a great day. We need a flashlight when walking through dark places. When we come to dark places/times in our lives, we need a flashlight then too-- it is God's Word. 
For further reading:
Isaiah 9:2
John 1:1,4,5
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