Every day before I went underground I would go to the lamp room and take the battery off the charger and then hook a lamp to the hard hat on my head. Miners need light underground. Miners have a rule of safety though because sometimes that lamp goes out. And the rule is simply this: if you lamp goes out, don’t move.
Stumbling around in the dark, underground, is not a safe activity. To remain safe you must remain where you are and let someone else come to you and bring the light. That picture of a miner underground in the darkness is really a picture of us spiritually. We’re in the world and we think we can see, but in reality we’re just stumbling around in the dark. We need someone to come and bring us light. God has done that. In Psalm 119 verse 105, we read.
Your words are a lamp from my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)
God’s Word is a light for us on the path to heaven. God comes to us and he shows us with his light what we really look like. That we’re sinful that we have disobeyed him and thought, word, and deed. And that because of those sins we deserve his wrath and punishment.
God’s Word also shines light on Jesus the Savior. It shows us that God placed all of our guilt on Jesus and punished Jesus in our place so that we are forgive. Jesus is actually the path to heaven.
So maybe you’re lost, maybe your stumbling around and you don’t really know where you’re going or how to get there. God’s Word is a lamp for your feet and a light for your path. Walk in that light, and yes you will see your sin, but more importantly you will see your Savior, Jesus the Christ. Amen.