When it’s time for a new lamp…

I need a new bedside lamp. My old one no longer works, and I’m tired of stumbling around the bed to find my way in the dark. I’ve even been dreaming about lamp-shopping for the last two nights. Then, today, in my devotional reading, guess which Psalm verse was included?

Psalm 18:28: For You light my lamp/The Lord my God illumines my darkness.

Okay then. I already knew that God has a great sense of humor, but now He’s giving me shopping advice. Apparently, I don’t need a new lamp because I’ve already got one – me. I just need to ask God to turn it on.

Kidding aside, this one verse contains a world of reassurance! The Lord of the universe, my own Savior and King, leads me through my life with His light. As long as I keep my eyes on Him, I can see even through the blackest circumstances of my life; on the other hand, when all I see is darkness, it’s a reminder to me that I’ve turned away from His light, and I need to redirect my attention to His lamp, His love and will for me.

It sounds simple, but oh-so-hard for us egotistical humans. We think we know what we’re doing. We think we can take care of ourselves, that we know what’s best, when the truth is that we live and move and have our being only through the favor of God!

And what a favor it is! We are not only called and chosen and beloved of God, but we have Him right beside us every moment, illuming our path. Today, hold your lamp up and let God light the way!

(PS. I’ve found that nightlights aren’t a bad idea, either…)

This devotional appeared earlier today at https://wichitafalls.faithhappenings.com/soulcare/devotional/64014