In the Peanuts comic strip, Snoopy began his novels with the words, “It was a dark and stormy night...”
Have you ever been on an unfamiliar road at night? Not just any night but a dark and stormy night? And not just an unfamiliar road but an unlit, unmarked road? Such a setting can be disorienting. More than that, it can be frightening.
When it comes to overland travel, most of us prefer known paths rather than unknown paths, and most of us prefer well-lit areas rather than dark areas. It’s not just a matter of ease or convenience; at times, it is a matter of survival.
Now imagine this same setting in a supernatural context. Darkness surrounds us. There are no lights and no signs. We don’t know where we are, and we don’t know how to get to where we are going.
All too often, what I have described is life in this fallen world. So much darkness. So little light. So little help.
That is why we need Jesus Christ.
In Psalm 119, verse 105, we read, “Thy word, O LORD, is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (KJV).” Centuries after this psalm was written, these words came to their perfect fulfillment in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
He is the Word (John 1:1).
He is the Way (John 14:6).
He is the Light (John 8:12).
Because of this, because of all this, Jesus is the True Lamp unto our feet, and the True Light unto our path.
As the True Lamp unto our feet, Jesus illuminates the spiritual ground around us so we can see the pitfalls and obstacles in our way. We may still stumble, we may even fall, but we can get up and continue our journey because the Divine Light is always with us – and around us – and in us.
As the True Light unto our path, Jesus marks the road home to Heaven clearly and unmistakably. Using the gifts He gave us, including the Holy Bible and each other, we can know not only where we are going but also how to get there (John 14:6). And we can do so with the joy and peace that comes only from the Lord (John 15:11, Philippians 4:7).
-- Dr. John Morris