Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 31, 2010

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105

Leonard Ravenhill said, "Love is blind but marriage is an eye-opener."
There certainly is a degree to which we go into marriage blindly. But, by the same token we go into life blindly in the sense that we don't know what the future holds.
Acknowledging that fact the Psalmist understood the importance of being guided by One Who did know the future, his God. He turned to the Word of God to light the way to his future.
That sounds like a good idea.
The one who wrote this Psalm understood that we need direction from God for our next step and for the path ahead of us. Life is too important to spend it walking in the dark because first of all you can get lost, secondly you would not know that you are lost and if you did discover you were lost you would not be able to find your way back!
Ever walk into a dark room and feel along the wall for the light switch? You wouldn't want to live like that would you?
Can you imagine getting in your car at midnight to begin a trip to California and not turn your healights on? You would never do that. You might get out of town by the lights of the street lights and the other ambient lighting, but you would not get very far once you hit the darkness beyond. If you didn't hit something then someone else might hit you.
We need light! We need it in our individual path and we need it in our walk as husband and wife. Marriage is challenging enough without attempting it in the dark!
What better to light our way than the Word of God? And the Word of God tells us that God is Light. Light represents His wisdom and His knowledge and His Truth. We need that Word to be a lamp, or we would say, a flashlight to illuminate our next step. As we read His Word and listen to His voice, God will show us the way for our next step.
But we also need His light to illuminate our path, the course of our life and of our lives together. By knowing His Word and understanding it and obeying it we can know where our final destination will be. While God will not reveal all the details and events that will unfold, He can shine the light on our final destination.
And, His light is a searchlight that He shines in the inner recesses of our heart and mind to reveal anything that is not right. If there is darkness in us it will impair our ability to see the light before us. Knowing the right things and having the wrong things exposed is a crucial function of God's light.
You wouldn't drive in total darkness. Nor would you walk down a dark alley. So why would you walk blindly through marriage?
God has all the light you need! It is shining in His Word. It will be a flashlight and a headlight and searchlight to guide you safely and successfully.
Flip the switch!