Limited Light

“For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life,”

Pr. 6:23 (NIV)

Don’t you just hate it when a light bulb in your house blows, especially when that means there is total darkness in a room? Blown bulbs always seem to come at the most inconvenient time, too. Because of this, I have been known to make do with a dark room for a few days until we can replace the bulb(s). This happened to me earlier this week when our laundry room light bulbs all needed replacing. I chose to fold laundry in a dark laundry room one night. It was a more challenging task than I anticipated!

Light helps us see everything we need to see. It helps us find our way. In my case earlier this week, light would have helped me match socks and fold clothes better! Just like visible light helps us to see physical things more clearly, God’s light symbolically helps us see wise ways of doing things. Throughout the Bible, the Lord reminds us that having a lamp to light our way is necessary for us to walk carefully along the path of life.

In Pr. 6:23, Solomon uses the images of a lamp and light, just like his father David did in Ps. 119:105. The lamp they are each referring to is wisdom, and that wisdom comes from the Bible. Every word from God is pure and flawless (Pr. 30:5). The Bible is our light that can be trusted.

It’s easy to travel in the daytime when the sun is out and we can see things ahead of us. But, it’s not always possible to travel during the day. And when we have to travel at night, our visibility is limited. The headlights on our car and the streetlights along the road help to illuminate our path, but it is still dark outside, and we can only see as far as our lights will allow.

This is how it is in trusting God for wisdom. He provides a light for us through his word, but we must trust him at all times and only look as far ahead as we can see. We need not worry about those things that are out of view. God wants us to focus on him and not on our worries about what lies ahead. Just like he provided manna and quail for the Israelites in the desert, he will provide for us.

In her devotion book, Jesus Calling, Sarah Young says, “When you try to peer into the future and plan for every possibility, you ignore your constant Companion who sustains you moment by moment.” Instead of fretting over things over the horizon which we can’t see clearly, let’s trust in the moment and walk as far as our lamp allows us each day.


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