John 8:12 NKJV
(Matthew 19:26, Isaiah 40:31, Isaiah 33:2, Acts 1:4, and Isaiah 40:5)
Psalm 18:28 NKJV
I Samuel 27:1 NKJV
From the Beginning
What is light?
When you think about it, light has many different meanings.
Light illuminates darkness.
Light reveals truth.
Light can describe a mood.
Light makes objects visible.
Light can offer heat.
Yet, our ultimate light is God.
In John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
When Jesus described Himself as the light of the world He was giving us a description for all of the definitions of light. When Jesus came He illuminated our spiritual darkness. Jesus showed us (and shows us) daily things we do not see in the dark and unknown elements in the spiritual realm.
One of my daily prayers is that God will show me things I do not see. As I write, I pray. I ask God to direct my thoughts. I ask Him to help me see things as He sees them. I’ve said before that without God’s constant and abiding help I would not write.
It’s not that I can’t write…I simply wouldn’t write. Daily as I pray, God reveals things I would not normally see. God gives words. God provides pictures.
I learned to pray and wait when I was a young girl. My dad directed me how to let the Spirit be my teacher. As I read scripture, The Spirit taught all things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26), those who wait upon the Lord will renew strength (Isaiah 40:31), they will have God’s salvation in times of trouble (Isaiah 33:2), they will will receive the promise (Acts 1:4), and they will see the glory of God (Isaiah 40:5).
As I write I continually ask God to show me the way.
Sometimes I have to wait. I sit in silence. I know the Spirit will come. God has never failed me. And so, I wait.
In Psalm 18:28 David wrote, “For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.”
Even as David was running for his life, he prayed and waited for God to direct him and deliver him, Psalm 18:1-3 tells us David’s words to God:
“I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.”
David waited for the Lord to show him the way out of his darkness. There were times when Saul and his men closed in on David and he grew weary. In I Samuel 27:1 we read, “And David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me anymore in any part of Israel. So I shall escape out of his hand.”
But David continued to look to God to light the way out of his darkness. It’s thought that David ran from Saul for 20 years. During that time David learned how to hear God, how to wait, and how to know when God’s light was showing him the way out. We know from Psalm 18 that as David ran from Saul, David learned how to look and wait for God to light the way.
David also learned during that time how to lead. As his army ran from Saul’s army, David learned to command. His time in the wilderness was not wasted. God had a plan. He had a plan for David. Oftentimes, the magnitude and size of the plan determines how much God must prepare us for what He has in store for us.
For us, nothing happens by accident.
When we put our hand in God’s hand…when we wait on God, and when we look to the light, God will show us the way TO the light.
But just like David, we must wait, learn, and watch FOR the light.
It’s not fun.
It’s never easy.
But, God’s light will shine in the darkness.
Today’s Spiritual Practice is: Wait for the Light
Ask God to show you the way…
In God, Deborah