Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. (HCSB)
1 John 1:5: Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. (HCSB)
As I’m getting my coffee this morning, I am feeling like the woman described in Proverbs 31. Well, not verse 25 if being clothed in dignity also means being dressed in a dignified manner since I’m still in my pajamas – but they are nice pajamas! Since I am also getting coffee for my husband, I guess I can claim the verses that tell how she takes care of her household. Trust me, a woman bearing coffee at this time of morning is definitely worth more than rubies to my husband!! No, the verse I am feeling this morning is verse 15 “she gets up while it is still dark.” It is the same time of morning that I always get out of bed, but the time of year means it is still dark. I’m not afraid of the dark, I just don’t like feeling my way around a dark bedroom, trying to grab onto anything I can to avoid the pain of encountering a bedpost or a chair leg. Then I think of people who are feeling their way around a dark world everyday, trying to grab onto anything to avoid the pain of the moment. They know the light of Genesis 1:16, but they don’t know the light of 1 John 1:5. As a believer who walks in Your light, I’m asking “Why can’t the world see that?” and You send me an answer through Romans 10:14 “But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher?” (HCSB). I’m not a preacher but I walk in Your light, and Matthew 5:16 tells me that I need to let my light shine so that You will receive glory. St. Francis of Assisi is quoted as saying “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching”, and D.L. Moody once said “Out of one hundred men, one will read the Bible, the other ninety-nine will read the Christian.” Lord, as I go out today into a world filled with darkness, help me to be a living example of the song we teach our children “this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” Let it shine in my words; let it shine in my behavior; let it shine in my demeanor. Let it shine because I know the One who is light and who has no darkness in Him.