Jesus Christ is the light that guides us to safety.
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“Send out your light and your truth;
let them guide me.
Let them lead me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you live.”
Psalm 43:3 New Living Translation
It’s no wonder that people lose their way in snow and fog. Everything turns white. The sky is white. The ground is white. The world is white. You cannot tell which way is north, south, east or west. Only familiar landmarks will guide a person to safety in these conditions.
The trees serve as a guide in this picture. These trees lead the eye from left to right, into the distant whiteness. I know these trees and I know where they lead. I will not lose my way if I follow their guidance.
Life can seem much like the whiteout conditions of the fog and snow in this picture. We cannot distinguish the way we ought to walk. It’s hard to know what or whom to follow. Voices tell us to turn to the left and then to the right, and all the time we’re guessing where we’re going.
An enemy attacked the psalmist who wrote these words. He called him a “deceitful and unjust man.” He cried out for God to vindicate him, then the psalmist asked the Lord why he rejected him instead. He begged for the light to lead him to God’s safe haven.
And such is our prayer. We pray for God’s light to lead us among all the voices penetrating our ears. What we need are not the thoughts of others ringing in our ears, but the light of God guiding our eyes. His light can be trusted because that light is Jesus, the light that enlightens our world.
Jesus, the light of the world, leads us to God’s haven of safety. And so we hope in God; in his character, in his word, in his truth.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner