Navigating the Darkness

Most people do not try and navigate the world in darkness. When it’s dark out we drive with lights on our cars, we walk with flashlights shining from our phones, we turn lights on in our homes to see what’s happening. We would likely die if there wasn’t any light to see with.

Thus, if our physical eyes need light to help us see this world clearly, then how much more do our spiritual eyes need light from God? If you are wondering what spiritual eyes are, consider the following verse from Paul:

“…having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you…” (Ephesians 1:18)

Just as our physical eyes give us vision of this world, our spiritual eyes give us the perception of the spiritual world. We can see God and his “invisible attributes” (Romans 1:20), we can see Christ and the “visible and invisible” things that were created through Him (Colossians 1:16), and we can see God’s “good Spirit” leading us (Psalm 143:10). We can see the never-ending beauties and riches of God’s grace. Moreover, we can also see the devil prowling around for us (1 Peter 5:8) and that the “whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). Our souls desperately need light to allow the eyes of our hearts to see the spiritual world in which God has created. Yet, where do we find this spiritual light?

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

God’s word gives light to the eyes of our hearts so that we can see this path that we are to walk toward God. Think about it, if we walk on a path in pitch darkness with no light, then we will at some point stray from the path. Likewise, if we do not have God’s word illuminating the path toward Him in our lives, then we will flounder around trying to stay on the path. Running the race will be dreadful for our souls without any light to guide us.

But will having God’s word light our path mean we will not have any issue whatsoever following the path? By no means, we are humans living in a flesh with “natural limitations” (Romans 6:19). We will wander and stumble along toward God; however, our chances of following God in a Christ-honoring way will increase substantially if we would only lean into His word. We’ve been given countless resources to read God’s word and to have our heart enlightened daily. We can find God’s word in printed Bibles, electronic Bibles, there are audio Bibles for us to listen to. If you carry a phone today you have access to physical light and spiritual light. So why wouldn’t we rely more on God’s word daily?

Not reading God’s word and trying to navigate this evil-filled world is similar to how Paul addressed the Christians in Galatia. “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? …Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:1, 3). Are we so confident in ourselves that we would abandon God’s word, His light, and try and walk this dark path on our own?

Yes, the path will be dark without God’s word, without Christ, the word made flesh (John 1:14). John makes clear to his readers that without Christ, darkness will consume your world.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Jesus said, “but if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” (John 11:10)

I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. (John 12:46)

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)

Therefore, look to Christ, the word made flesh, to shed light on the path you are trying to walk. If we do not have Christ in our lives through God’s word then we are promised that we will walk in darkness (John 8:12). Do not abandon God’s perfect, unrivaled word in your life for the hollow, catastrophic word of the world. Stop blindly trying to feel your way through this life and begin shedding light on the path God has for you by reading and delighting in His word. He promises that His word will illuminate our feet and our path; relish in that beautiful promise. Meditate on God’s precepts and fix your eyes on his ways (Psalm 119:15). Run the race set before you, fixing your eyes on Christ, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

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