15th February 2012

Truly The Light Is Sweet

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

My grandson has a Buzz Lightyear toy whose feet shine very bright lights like a torch.  In fact it is too bright and when he shines it into your eyes it hurts—it is very unpleasant and you want to turn your eyes and get away from it. 

Christians are told to let their light shine.  Do we shine our light into people’s eyes (‘in your face’!) so that it blinds them and they turn away?  Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the just is as the shining light”, indicating that our way of life is the light that people see.  Matthew 5:16 confirms this when it says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  If you shine a light straight into someone’s eyes, they can’t see you at all. 

Psalm 119:105 above says God’s word is like a lamp that lights our path, our way, our journey.  If we are walking in the light and reflecting Jesus, the light of life (John 8:12), this illuminates the area around us and shows others the way.  It spotlights evil so that people can see to turn from unrighteousness.  As it says in Psalm 119:130, “The entrance of thy words giveth light, it giveth understanding unto the simple.”  Then people will say, “Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold…” (Ecclesiastes 11:7). 

Lord of Light, help us not to be ‘in your face’ about the gospel so that people turn their eyes away.  Rather, help us to reflect your glory so that our journey can bring the light of life to those who are around us.

Study by Nancy Silcox

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