Monday, 8 July 2013

Try Not to Fall Like Mama Did

Back in the days of my boyhood my mother fell into a hole that was left open by a utility company that was in the process of doing some upgrading work. It happened while she was on her way to a church service. And as you may have guessed by now, it was during the night and she had no light to enhance her visibility. As far as she was concerned she knew the way to Church, having lost count of the number of times she made that very trip, and so did not really need... light. Big mistake. Today, she wears an approximately foot-long scar from a cut she sustained in the accident. It is always better to be guided by light, than to think you already know the way.

In this passage (Job 12 Job makes what seems to be a tacit allusion to the Word of God - citing its purpose and the effect its neglect has on those who refuse its light. He made these statements in primary reference to his friends, with whom he sarcastically says, "wisdom will die," (verse 2).

"A lamp is despised in the thought of one who is at ease; it is made ready for those whose feet slip." Verse 5

"They grope in the dark without light, and He makes them stagger like a drunken man." Verse 25

Little wonder that later the Psalmist would pen these words, "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Ps 119: 105.

Father in Heaven, thank you for light of Your Word to guide us along the path of righteousness; into sweet communion with You. As every day we read these inspired words, please help that our lives will become an inspiration for those who yet struggle with the darkness of doubt and uncertainty. Please rid us of the arrogance of our own uninformed opinions, and may all be willing to submit to the wisdom of Your Words we pray, in Jesus' name, amen.

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