Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow. ~Isaiah 50:10-11
Have you ever awakened from a sound sleep in the middle of the night and tried to walk in the dark? If you have, you know how disoriented your sense of direction is when you are groggy with sleep and walking in darkness. Many times I have stubbed my foot, walked into a wall or door, or banged my knee on something. It goes without saying that trying to walk in darkness without any light is not a good judgment call! Let us see this morning the absolute importance of walking in the light.
We see the advantage.
We can see clearly where there is light. Nothing is hidden where there is light. We are most productive when there is light. Light is an important source of energy. Sunlight provides us vitamin D which is needed for good health for our brain, bones, and heart. We do our best traveling in the light. Of course, we must remember that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. Jesus is the Light of the world! We are called children of the light and are to walk in the light. David said that the Lord is his light and salvation. We see the advantage of light!
We see the adversity.
“Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?” The opposite of light is darkness. If you dwell in darkness for a long period of time, your health and vision is adversely affected. Darkness impedes your progress. Isaiah speaks of a believer who fears the Lord, obeys the voice of his servant, but walks in darkness because he has no light! This is a description of a believer who is affected by the wrong choices of others, has developed a self-reliance, and does not make fellowship with God the priority of his life. He is in the dark when it comes to making good decisions, and being in the will of God.
We see the advisory.
“Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.” When we find ourselves in the dark, we must heed the counsel of the Lord. First, trust in the Lord in everything you do. Have faith in God’s promises. Be sure you examine what you do in the light of what God’s word instructs us. Second, keep your fellowship with the Lord close and tight. Isaiah says to “stay upon God.” We must cling tightly to the Lord. We must trust Him if things look dark and murky. He will help us through the fire and the flood of waters. Walking in the light of God’s Word means he gives us enough light for the next step. We must realize that God might not reveal to us the next mile unless we focus on the next step.
We see the admonishment.
“Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.” Isaiah is telling us that when we kindle our own fire and walk in the sparks it produces, it will give us light, but not enough to see very clearly. Sparks do not give much brightness and have a very limited impact. Be careful of trying to light your own fire, when we need light from the Lord for the best illumination of our path. We can do it our way and struggle, or do it His way and excel.
Walk in the light as He is in the light. Trust in the name of the Lord and stay upon Him for the light that never fails!
Have an illuminated God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Genesis 25-26