Devotion and Prayer for Week of October 23, 2011

Meditation for the Week of October 23, 2011


A few years ago I did one of those things that I don’t advise doing very often.  My family and I were in Wisconsin and decided to modify our travel plans and head back to Nebraska a day early.  So at about 4:30 PM we began to head for home planning to shave off just a few hours of the 11 hour trip.  But as luck would have it the kids fell asleep and were quiet the whole time.


If there is one rule about traveling that I have learned over the years it’s that when the kids are quiet you keep driving.  So I did, all through the night.  One thing that I learned very quickly as we made our way through central Iowa and Nebraska is that it can get very dark and very lonely during those late night hours.  I began to wonder what would happen if my lights went out.  How would I see where I was going?  Would I be able to stay on the road long enough to stop the car safely?  Or would the darkness consume me and be the end of us all.


I could only imagine what it must have been like in Egypt when God sent the plague of darkness; people groping around in their own homes trying to find their way.  They couldn’t see one another or where they were going.  In the midst of deep darkness we begin to recognize the essential nature of light.  We live in a world of darkness.  Not the literal darkness that I experienced in those early morning hours but a darkness caused by sin.


Sin clouds our vision.  It makes it hard to see the road before us, and if we aren’t careful it will consume us and lead us down the path of destruction.  So how do we see our way through the darkness?  What is it that lights our way?  Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  Light will always overpower the darkness.  In fact darkness is really only the absence of light.  Sin can only keep us in darkness when God’s word is absent from our lives.


Christ calls himself the light of the world because he came to defeat sin once and for all.  Our challenge is to pick up that beacon of light known as God’s word and to study it and make it part of our lives. It is there that we learn about God’s plan of salvation, the gift of forgiveness that we receive through Christ.  Only by the light of God’s word can we be assured that each step we take down the road of life will land on solid footing.

 Our Weekly Prayer 

Jesus Christ, Light of the World, save me from the darkness of sin that surrounds me.  Teach me to trust in Your Word as the only sure way that will bring me safely into your kingdom.  Give me steady and sure footing as I make my way through this life.  In Your name I pray.  Amen.