The Word's Christian Fellowship, Inc.
#67 Turn the Light On Please                                                                      June 1, 2008

In 1977, on July 13, around 9:34pm, the electrical power went off throughout New York City.  The lights went out for 10 million people. 

I was living in Brooklyn then, but was out on Long Island at the time it occurred.  I will never forget getting onto the freeway and looking at the horizon of the city as I drove toward it.  There were no lights on the horizon.  It was completely dark.  There was no brilliantly lit outline of the city, just darkness, punctuated by the headlights of the other cars.  Subways coasted to a stop.  Elevators stopped where ever they happened to be.  In the inner rooms and hallways of buildings you could not see your hand in front of your  face.  A tidal wave of crime rolled through the boroughs.  The mayor of the city, Abraham Beam, called it “a night of terror”. Although many articles and even books have been written about that night, no one has yet reported that anyone wanted more and more darkness.  Everyone wanted light.  Light would have brought safety, security, confidence, as it does to all of us normally.

The people who lived in the lands and times of the Bible lived in a blackout.  They couldn’t flip a switch and light up every room in their house at night.  If they heard a noise outside they couldn’t flood their surrounding with elevated floodlights.  Other than flames of fire of one size or another, they had no other light source once the sun went down.  Industry of any kind shut down.  Common people retired to their homes.  The night and darkness were not when the party started and the good times rolled for the common people of the Bible lands and times, like they are in our culture today.

Darkness in God’s Word is associated with death as in
Psalm 143:3:
For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
In Psalm 91 God’s Word speaks of the “terror by night” and of “the pestilence that walketh in darkness”.

Understanding the stark differences between our days and times and Bible days and times also illuminates portions of the Bible where physical light is used figuratively regarding the Truth of God’s presence and power and of His Word.
Psalm 27:1:
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
God’s presence and power in your life in the world today takes the fear, the worry out of life’s circumstances just like physical light takes the fear and the worry out of what might be lurking in the darkness.
Psalm 36:9: 
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
The Truth of God’s Word is more immeasurably brilliant and vastly more illuminating in life’s situations and circumstances than any of man’s knowledge or wisdom or ideas or philosophies.
Psalm 119:105: 
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
What God says enables the believer to see where they are going, make sound decisions in life just like a brilliant light would illuminate the path of a journey through darkness.
Psalm 119:130: 
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
God’s Word, when it is rightly-divided and believed, brings confidence to the life of a believer as great as the difference between walking through a room in complete darkness and walking through that same room flooded with light.  You know what’s going on.  You can understand life and its circumstances.

Having physical light and utilizing physical light are two entirely different things just like having the light of God’s Word and utilizing what God says are two entirely different realities.  You don’t have to turn the light on before you walk through a room.  You can choose to navigate through the darkness and perhaps when you trip over one thing you won’t land on another with a sharp point on it.

In the Old Testament there were those in Israel who refused to live in the illumination of God’s light, His Word and Will.  They thought they were a lot smarter than God and that the darkness of their understanding of life was greater than the light of God’s wisdom and understanding regarding life and living.
Isaiah 50:11:
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.
This verse makes reference to a custom in the lands and times of the Bible of lighting the end of a rope and then shaking off the sparks as you walked along in the darkness to try and be able to see where you were going and what you were about to step on. That’s not a very good light.  That’s why there was sorrow.  In our modern times we have made tremendous advances over and beyond that ancient means of physical illumination.  But man’s spiritual illumination is just as dark if not darker. 

Every cause has an effect or effects.  The greatest causes in life are spiritual in nature.  Spiritually most people live their lives only registering and noticing the effects of those causes.  Spiritually they live in darkness.  They can’t really see what’s going on in their lives or around their lives so they stumble along until they bang their shin or nose or worse.  It is only the Truth of God’s Word, what He says, that can illuminate the causes.  Knowing and believing His Word today is just as great a light to our paths of life now as it was when God told the Psalmist to declare:
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

If you don’t know what God has explained to His children today you have to learn and learn to believe.  If you know what God has explained to His children today you have to continue to learn and learn to believe.  Either way - you must - turn on the Light.

©  Stephen A. Harrison,  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893