Why Does the Bible Claim to Be a Light?

Biblical Authority Devotional: Claims of Scripture, Part 2

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The light of God’s Word does something unique and amazing.

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

Today’s big question: why does the Bible claim to be a light?

About 10 years ago, I awoke in the middle of the night while the house was completely dark and walked over to my refrigerator to get a cool drink of water. On the way, I walked head first into a wall. I saw a few “stars” for a while, and in the midst of my startled composition, I fumbled for the one thing I needed in the first place—the light switch.

Light is a big deal. Any human, just like me, cannot find their way in darkness. There is no surprise when we read the account of origins in Genesis 1 that light is the first thing God created on day one—along with the heavens and earth. Light exposes things so we may can see, live, and find our way. No wonder Jesus is also called the Light and the Life in John 1.

Humanity, however, has a great problem. We have rejected the light of Christ in favor of our own darkness. Our first parents rejected God’s light for the darkness of disobedience, and since this historical event recorded in Genesis 3, we all inherited spiritual darkness from our first parents. John 3:19 says, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” Sin has resulted in a great darkness in this world, and this darkness is all pervasive.

We reject God’s Word for our own counterfeit authority, and we walk a path of destruction without the lamp of His Word to light our way. The Bible consistently speaks of this darkness and how it affects us. We desire our own path, truth, wisdom, morality, and authority—all of which have an eternal destination of destruction. “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6).

The light of God’s Word does something unique and amazing—not only for us, but also in us. It exposes our own human folly to us so that we can know the true light. Isaiah the prophet saw the light of God’s glory in a vision. He saw the Lord on His throne, and his response was one of despair at the recognition of his own human darkness:

Woe is me, I am undone. For I am a man of unclean lips . . . . (Isaiah 6:5).

Only the true light exposes a true condition, gives an accurate diagnosis, and presents a perfect cure. God’s light does not spare us from our sinful nature, but brings us to the startling awareness of our position before the brilliant light of His glory. Only in the light of God and in the poverty of our human spirit can we truly seek Christ in repentance and faith. This is light indeed! God’s Word is the lamp that helps us to stop stumbling around in the dark and find the refreshing spring of living water.

Today’s big idea: God’s Word is the light that enables us to see clearly.

What to pray: ask that God would help you see yourself and everything else in His light.


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