what do we do when it’s dark and we don’t know where we’re going and we don’t want to stumble, trip, and fall, and we don’t want to make a wrong turn? what do we do when it’s dark and we’re scared? we turn on the light. duhhhhh.
we turn on the light to drive out the darkness. we turn on the light so we can see the way to go, so we don’t trip and fall, so we know which turn is right and which turn is wrong. we turn on the light to help us feel more secure.
what do we do when our world is dark? what do we do when our hearts are as black as night, when we don’t know where we’re going in our life, when we’re worried about failure or falling, when we are unsure of right and wrong? what do we do when we feel alone and overwhelmed in darkness?
Bible lesson with my precious eight year olds today focused on Second Peter 1:16-21 . . .
16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes17 when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” 18 We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
. . . emphasizing the power of the Bible and the power of the Scriptures. So, we highlighted and picked apart verse 19 . The message proclaimed by the prophets (the Scripture which Jesus Christ fulfilled) is “like a lamp shining in a dark place.” and with this foundation, my eight year olds became acquainted with deductive reasoning:
God spoke through the prophets. The prophets wrote the Old Testament. The Old Testament is Scripture. Scripture is God’s Word.
The prophets words are like a lamp shining in a dark place. The prophets words became Scripture. Scripture is like a lamp shining in a dark place.
Scripture is God’s Word which He gave us through the prophets. Scripture is like a lamp shining in a dark place. God gave us Hid Word, Scripture, to serve as a lamp shining in a dark place.
So, what is Scripture? it is our light! and He is our light!
and again i ask: what do we do when it’s dark?
i think you can figure out what i’m trying to say here, because my eight year olds were able to understand. in fact, i think they understood it better than i am able to live out this truth in my life.
what do i do when its dark in the world? i turn to hopelessness and despair. what do i do when my heart is black as night? i do exactly what i should not be doing. what do i do when i don’t know where my life is going? i worry. plain and simple: i worry a lot. what do i do when i’m worried about failure and falling and making a wrong decision or a right decision? i rely on my own “power” and abilities and worry a whole lot more. i try to stumble through the pitch black darkness all by myself, when all i simply need to do is turn on the light. i struggle and stumble and fall through life, when all i need to do is seek after God and rely on His Word a.k.a. Scripture a.k.a. the Light.
if my eight year olds can understand this, why can’t i? why can’t we all? why can’t we all stop relying on our own “power” to enact change in the world? instead:
let’s be obedient.
let’s let God use us as His vessels of love.
let’s just say “YES” to all which the Light commands.
xoxo, lauren grace