Our Flashlight

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” -Psalm 119:105 (ESV)

Humanity has always looked for guidance. Life has often proven itself to be too overwhelming, too complex, and too chaotic for one to navigate its treacherous waters without some sort of counsel or road-map. However, the trouble is that we often find ourselves looking for wisdom in all the wrong places. It’s like trying to find a flashlight in a dark room. As we grope in the dark desperately trying to find one, we grab hold of an object thinking that we have found what we are looking for. Judging by the way it feels when we wrap it around our fingers, it certainly feels like the flashlight we need. However, as we attempt to thumb for the button that will bring light into the dark room, we find that it is not a flashlight, but a slender bottle or a hairbrush. Likewise, we blindly grab hold of inadequate philosophies, deceptive superstitions, and flawed belief systems, thinking that it will be a perfect guide but only to be disappointed when it does not appear to be the ideal guide that we hoped it would be.

If we seem to be always grabbing the comb or bottle, who then is our flashlight? The Word of God, who became flesh in the form of Jesus, is the perfect source of light to illuminate our way as we traverse life. When we read the Word of God, we are reading the heart and mind of God Himself. He, who was there before time began, who created the universe, who was present during the fall of man, and who works for the redemption of His creation, knows all and knows how to deal with human nature and the storms of life far better than ourselves or any contrived philosophy could ever attempt do. The beauty of the Word of God is that it is brutally honest about the nature of man and life itself. If one were to truly read the Word of God with an open heart and mind, he would find that its words in this area strike an unpleasant chord, but one that certainly rings true nevertheless. Yet it offers hope in and through Christ that man can be saved from his own destruction and will be guaranteed a flawless guide to help him as he tries to sort through the chaos of life and find his purpose and meaning in his existence. The lantern is there, waiting to provide light, but we must be the ones to grab hold of it if we want to seek its aid in helping us find our way.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Limits of Human Wisdom

“Oh, the depth and riches of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out.” -Romans 11:33 (NIV)

Who can comprehend the mind of God? How can we, in our finite understanding, understand His ways and thoughts? Man often tries to think up of seemingly clever ways to discredit or disprove God. But such attempts are like trying to judge an ocean based on a tiny sample of water. He only sees a part of God’s actions, a part of His thoughts, and based on that he makes his conclusions on God. But man fails to see the whole picture because our perception is limited and quite frankly, sometimes we are simply too lazy to probe further; content with thinking that our word is infallible and not bothering to challenge our own assumptions.

How can we claim ourselves to be infallible in our thoughts and conclusions about God when clearly humanity is flawed in many ways than one? How easy is it for us to follow figures, with their detrimental ideologies, like sheep? Sure we might claim to be rational in our decisions and who or what we place our faith in, but throw in a charismatic figure with a dash of human desperation and people will follow anything; even if the ideology they are rallying behind files in the face of everything that is pure and just in the world. We are irrational people. We may be capable of rational thought but we rarely use it half the time. Only through Christ, who is the only perfect being and who bestowed upon humanity the gifts of reason and free will, are we able to consistently use our rationality only through Him can we understand God and the world around us in the truest sense.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.