Snuffing out the light leaves us in the dark. Darkness is great for sleeping purposes. However, if we want to get somewhere, we need to be able to recognize our surroundings.
Sailors sailing the seven seas and Nomads traversing the Sahara Desert traditionally have relied on Starlight. The North Star or Pole Star – aka Polaris – is famous for holding nearly still in our sky while the entire northern sky moves around it. This is essential for our orientation when the sameness of the endless sea or desert wasteland won’t give us any hint as to which direction we’re going.
Life can be compared to sailing – with winds of opportunity arising, a storm brewing or a nice easy breeze coming our way. We will get lost at sea if we drift anywhere the wind blows. Sailing through life, we all need direction. So, we look up; and instead of studying the stars in the sky we study God Almighty. He is the eternal flame, the Holy One – Creator of the universe. Everything evolves around Him. Depending on how close we get to the source of all light we’ll see more and more what life is all about.
King David prayed (Psalm 119:130):
“The unfolding of your word gives light.”
The depth of God’s communication is astounding; His Word has many layers. Studying His Word is similar to looking at a well-crafted piece of art from every possible angle. There is always something new to discover that we haven’t noticed before. God’s Word becomes more meaningful to us as we dig deeper. Giving us hope, His Word becomes our lifeline and provides us direction especially as we sail through stormy weather.
God’s Word sheds light – and light is what we need to see clearly.