Thought for the
Week - 22nd November 2020
A few years ago, we decided on the need for a security light for our drive. Each time guests left our house in the dark we had to warn them to ‘mind the step’ down from the door. Due to the convenience of existing wiring (and to avoid a big drilling job through a wall) we were advised to have an LED movement activated light installed over the garage door. The principle has worked well – although the product has failed twice within a short period of time.
Recently, we had a new unit installed. The LED lamps (which are not replaceable) were only giving a faint glimmer when activated rather than illuminating the drive. Following the new one being fitted, it then took several nights to adjust the settings.
At first, every car passing by was putting the light on. You then have to adjust the distance or sensitivity control to make sure the light comes on at the appropriate distance and for the right amount of time. If these settings are not adjusted correctly, you can end up offering free street lighting for your road!
This reminded me of what the Bible tells us about the security and safety that comes when we walk in the light of God’s Word.
The writer of Proverbs points out that, “He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress...” (Proverbs 14:26) This fear is a healthy fear, when we have absolute reverence and awe for Almighty God – the Creator of all things. Proverbs 8:13 outlines what fearing the Lord looks like in practice. “To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behaviour and perverse speech.”
David the psalmist testified to knowing the security and safety that only God can give. He said, “For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:5)
We may not have the physical enemies that David had in his day – but in our times of uncertainty and when we feel vulnerable, the Name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe.(See Proverbs 18:10)
The purpose of a security lamp is to shed light in the darkness and guide our footsteps to a safe path. The Good News of Jesus is a constant and continued story of God’s light breaking through into the darkest places and circumstances of our lives.
The coronavirus pandemic has darkened all of our lives in some way. However, the light of God shines in the darkness. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
Whether we are just experiencing a passing shadow or trying to find our way through complete darkness, the Bible says - “The entrance of your words gives light...” (Psalm 119:130)
May God direct our footsteps according to His Word.