Pr. 4:19: “The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.”
There is a possibility that you can get so far away from the Lord and from His will that your way will be completely dark. In the darkness you won’t even know where the stumbling blocks are nor how to avoid them. This is why we need to stay in the word. Jesus is the light of the world. He said in John 8:12, “He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Without the Lord guiding our paths, our thoughts, and our decisions, we are in darkness, stumbling around with no security. If we allow it, the Word of God will be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. The light of the Lord will reveal to us the things of darkness in our lives. God will then be the One to guide us, to move the obstacles, and to reveal to us the path we should take to avoid them in the future.
“The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.” Ps. 121:7-8. If we do not wander off, but stay in the Word, stay in the light, the Lord will preserve us and keep us from darkness.
With today being July 4th, fireworks are on my mind. Fireworks are fun, they’re lovely, and they light up the sky. However, fireworks don’t last very long. We cannot count on bursts of light to sustain us long-term if we need to see clearly. Likewise, we cannot just read the word every once in a while and think the light will sustain us in all circumstances where we need to see clearly. We need the true light, the light of the world, on a regular basis in order to see clearly the obstacles and stumbling blocks in our way.
Enjoy the fireworks, but be diligent enough to remain in the true light.