Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
My brother works in the world of underground mining. Several years ago, we visited the mine where he worked and rode an elevator down into the earth where rocks had been blasted away to make a tunnel. While we were down there, the attendant shut off all the lights. He warned us he would be doing this, but the effect was shocking nonetheless. The darkness was total: my eyes were wide open, but I couldn’t even see my hands in front of my face.
Scripture speaks of the twisted effects of sin as total darkness. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that without God’s grace we are blind: “If your eyes are unhealthy [sinful], your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness” (Matthew 6:23). We might have our eyes open to the things of the world, but we grope around trying to find real meaning or something that satisfies our hearts.
It is not without reason that Christ calls himself “the light of the world” (John 8:12). A world of darkness needs his light. Indeed, as God’s living Word, he is the one who gives light to our path.
If you are groping around on the path of life, not knowing which way to go, follow the leading of God’s Word.
Light of the world, make my path clear today. Help me to walk with confidence and joy as a child of God. Please heal my spiritual eyes if I cannot see as I should. In your name, Amen.
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