KENTUCKY (11/2/12) – SurfKY News is very pleased to announce a new weekly Christian Columnist to our staff of inspirational columnists. The “By Him 4 Him” Ministry is a group of Kentucky citizens that have come together to serve the citizens and communities of Kentucky in many creative ways. Without further ado, we proudly present the BH4H ministry weekly Saturday column.
Up a blind alley; one of many idioms in the English language. The meaning of this particular idiom is basically: a path chosen that leads to an undesirable consequence. It would be safe to say that everyone, Christian or not, has at one time or another chosen a path that led to an undesirable consequence.
Most of the time, these choices are made in the dark. You know what I am talking about, during those storms in our life where everything is blurred and everyone else can see clearly what is happening, but we are too blind to make sound decisions. Some of the most important decisions we make in life are during those imminent dark times. What if we could make sound decisions in the dark days and change our outcomes to a more desirable one? Simply put, we can!
John 8:12(NKJV) Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
For me, this passage of scripture begs the question, why do we, as Christians and followers of Jesus, still have dark times in our life? Why do we still make choices of directions in life when we conveniently cannot see clearly? Not to sound too esoteric but even the greatest of Christians still walk in times of darkness, and also make unsound decisions that lead to very undesirable outcomes.
John, chapter 8, verse 12 says, we shall not walk in darkness if we follow Jesus. Some translations say, we will never walk in darkness. So why do we still face dark days? Is the Bible misleading us? The answer would be, no! This passage is just one part of what it takes to live our lives with the ability to see clear enough to make sound decisions, and reaping exceptional outcomes.
Psalm 119:105(NKJV) "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
We can see in the scripture that Jesus is the light of the world and also the Psalmist describes the word of God as a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path. When you turn on a light in your house that room will become lit, but objects that block light in that room have cast a shadow or a dark place. Apply this concept to Jesus being the light of the world, with the light shining there can still be darkness. This quite beautifully explains that as Christians we still face dark times in our life. We are able to see objects because light waves bounce off of them, but in areas where light is blocked there is nothing to bounce back causing a dark space. Let’s examine what Jesus meant when He said if we follow Him we will never walk in darkness.
John 1:1-5 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
The passage in John chapter 1 later tells us that that word became flesh and dwelt among us. The word being described here is Jesus. When we hear the phrase, "the word of God" we automatically think of the Bible, when in fact the word of God is Jesus! This does not mean that the Bible is not the word of God, in fact it is the infallible, inspired word of God. We need not get into the specifics on this topic as it would be an entire article in itself. What I instead want to focus your attention to is the fact that in Psalm chapter 119 the Psalmist is referring to the spoken word of God as being a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. At the time the Psalmist penned this verse Jesus had not yet been born in the flesh, although He was existent as the word of God as stated in John chapter 1. Could the Psalmist be talking about the promise of the coming Messiah? As a matter of fact that is exactly what the Psalmist is referring to. The first prophesy of the coming light was recorded in Genesis 3:15, Isaiah also prophesied of a coming light. In the Old Testament during their darkest times they held dear to the promise of the incarnate word of God, the coming of the Messiah. They would speak these promises in the hardest, darkest times they faced. You may be asking yourself, “How does that apply today?” Well, in the Old Testament they used the promises of a Messiah who would come in the flesh, in the New Testament we have the promises of a Messiah who returns for His people.
So we now know that Jesus is the incarnate word of God and is the light of the world. We can also concede to the fact that even though Jesus is the light of the world we still face times in the darkness. In the Old Testament they used the word to light their paths in the darkness they continually resided in. Can we not also use the inspired word of God to light our paths so we can have those desired outcomes or consequences in paths we chose in our times of darkness? Happily I can say, yes as a matter of fact we can. Luckily we only have to deal with shadows and dark recesses and not total darkness as they did in Old Testament times. Still yet, to be able to navigate in our dark times we need to learn how to use the inspired word of God as our light.
To navigate in the darkness we need to learn how to use echolocation. Bats, dolphins, toothed whales and other animals use echolocation to navigate in the dark, it is basically like sonar. A sound is made and is echoed back to basically paint a picture of what you cannot see in front of you. Ever noticed how a blind person will tap their cane continually on the ground? Well they are using echolocation to be able to navigate and keep them from walking into objects such as walls. It is the same concept with light waves reflecting back so you can see objects; instead you use sound waves reflected back to see objects. For this to work correctly you must understand simply making a noise in your dark times will not allow you to navigate properly, it is the word of God we use to light our paths. Speaking God's promises in our darkest hours will allow us to see clearly enough to make conscious decisions in what or which path to take therefore giving us the outcomes or consequence that we desperately desire, keeping us from harm’s way, getting us out of the enemy’s territory and keeping us protected.
Subconsciously we have all used echolocation, just not understood it completely. You know, when you are facing a rough patch and you are praying and speaking the word of God in your situation but it just seems it is making no significant impact because there is a wall there. So we proceed by tearing down the walls and breaking down the barriers to get to where we want to go, but still yet after all the tearing and breaking we still end up with an undesirable consequence or outcome. Well, speaking the word of God and the praying allowed you to see that there was a wall or barrier there, and that was done by using echolocation. Instead of stumbling through the darkness and running into walls and tearing them down to get to where you want to go, (notice I said; to where you want to go and not where God wants you to go,) pray and speak the word and promises of God to illuminate your surroundings so you can navigate to where God wants you to go. Because where God wants you to go will be an outcome full of His blessings. After all, maybe God put those walls and barriers in place to keep you from making the wrong choices in the dark times, because ultimately God wants you as His child to be blessed.
Remember, even in our darkest days we have the God-given ability to be able to see in the dark. From now on enjoy those desired outcomes in your dark times, enjoy the desirable consequences for choosing the right path, enjoy all the blessings God has bestowed upon you, and most of all be thankful!
By Him 4 Him Ministries
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