After weeks of not having a light at the top of the stairwell, we finally replaced the light bulbs. It took so long to remember to buy the right light bulbs, and then to get the time when we could be together to take on the cringeworthy task of switching out bulbs at the top of the stairs. We wait until all three bulbs are out before we attempt the feat. I still do not understand why the light couldn’t be closer to the far side of the landing, instead of right at the edge of the stairs. We need Spiderman to simplify the task.
The Bible tells us that God is light. Jesus even says that He is the “light of the world.” When we look around the world during the daytime, though we can see all around us without the need of a flashlight, it is still filled with darkness. You see the world is filled with the darkness of the grave. God’s Word tells us that the wages of sin is death. We are all dead in the grave without Jesus. He is the One Who provides the light that leads to life—life-giving light. All around us, there is sin, brokenness, and chaos.
The world is a dark place but we are meant to live in it right now. God wants us to be light-bearers who point to Jesus. The illumination that shines comes from the presence of God. You see the presence of God is within us—the Holy Spirit. As we walk through this dark world, we can shine a light and share the Good News with those who are still in the dark. We can lead others to know the One Who is Light. Remember, it is His light that leads to life. Share the Life-Giving Light. Share Jesus.
“For You have rescued me from death; You have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in Your presence, O God, in Your life-giving light.” – Psalm 56:13 [NLT]
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’” – John 8:12 [NLT]
My dog Max frightens at times. I often tell him he is a big baby despite his 85-pound Labrador body. When my little Shih-Tzu Marci has an episode due to tracheal collapse, Max runs upstairs to hide. He doesn’t like the sound. I’ll admit the sound is a bit disturbing.
The tracheal collapse is a known issue with the breed. It doesn’t happen often and it has not caused Marci any problems. Even so, Max is fearful of the noise and possibly the body language of his best friend. Perhaps, just like us humans, he’s fearful of the unknown.
The unknown can be scary. Truth be told, we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. It is unknown. There are some possible things that likely will happen tomorrow. But we don’t know for sure. Even more frightening is when we are to walk out of our comfort zone. When God calls us out of the comfort area, the fear level rises. There’s no need to run. Tomorrow may be unknown, but our God is known and He is faithful. Put your trust in Him. He will see you through.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” – Psalm 56:3-4 [ESV]
While I was taking a nature walk with my dog this morning, it was interesting to watch the interaction of God’s creation. I watched the squirrels climbing trees. I saw the ground hog scurry away fast to hide in his hole. I also saw some geese and ducks have a moment.
Geese are larger birds who always appear to be very territorial, whereas I do not necessarily recall seeing ducks get into any conflicts. This morning I watched as the ducks were swimming on by past the geese. The ducks looked very confident as they approached the geese. There was this “show no fear” attitude evident. Then as the duck was right beside one of the geese, his head turned away and he immediately changed direction.
This moment reminded me of how we are with our own fears in life. We say we have faith. We say we know everything is going to be okay. We say a lot of things. But when we are beside one of the geese, do we turn our head away or do we press forward? Do we follow God or do we run and hide?
Not all of us will be like David as he grabbed his slingshot and approached Goliath. Not all of us will attempt to walk on water like Peter. Some of us can barely find peace in the simple things in life to even take notice to the bigger opportunities God is presenting to us. We do not like to admit we find comfort in other areas. We do not want others to see that we are weak.
The truth is that every being is weak, dependent upon our Creator and Sustainer. We cannot face anything alone and when we attempt to do so there will be fears and also failures. There is no way for anyone to find true happiness in the world without the help of God. We find comfort in having a savings account for rainy days, but that money is God’s and can be gone in a flash. We find comfort in our homes, our clothing, our family, our friends, in food, in pleasure– but we can lose any of these items just like Job. All these items are temporary.
Fear and worry are not from God. The only way to defeat fear and worry is to understand that our God is bigger. God can handle anything. If we give our fears to God and swim forward in the direction He guides us, we will be fine. There will be moments we will want to turn our head and swim in the other direction, but understand that God wants to see His plan accomplished. He is right by your side. Keep swimming. Keep pressing forward. Keep the faith. God has never left — not once!
When I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?
-Psalm 56:3-4 [NIV]