Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Light for a dark world

A little Luther for today.  He so much wanted us to read God's Word for ourselves.  He always points to Christ and he always points us to the Bible, where we find him.  We are to disregard human teachings and looking to works and reason.

Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.  Psalm 119:105

God considers human reason, wisdom, morality, and even sunlight for that matter, to be dark and hazy compared to his Word.  God's Word is a flame that shines in the darkness.  Through teaching, preaching, and the sacraments, its glow spreads.  If we use this light, then God will no longer remain hidden from us.

When we're faced with disasters, when we're overwhelmed by darkness, when things seem so dark that we doubt that we are part of the church or pleasing to God, then we should learn to reach for the Bible.  We shouldn't let people who fall away from the faith distract us.  Instead, we should recognize that we live in a dark world.  The only reason we can see at all is that the light of God's Word shines brightly (2 Peter 1:19).

Jesus said, "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved"  (Mark 16:16).  The light of these words is shining in our hearts.  Even if the sun were shining brightly, it couldn't reveal this truth.  Human reason by itself can't grasp it.  Wherever the Bible sheds its light, no real danger exists.  Without the Bible, we wouldn't know or understand anything.

1 comment:

Myrtle said...

Oh, "Manna," you know such good bits of Luther! Thank you for sharing!