When we’re in the dark, light can be a comfort and a guide to see where to go and what to avoid. In our modern world, we grab a flashlight that can dispel the darkness and shine a bright light around us and in front. There’s not much we can’t see.
In Old Testament and Jesus’ times, people only had small oil lamps that provided a small glow around the holder of the lamp. There was no directional light to see ahead when walking in the dark. You had to trust what little you could see.
So when the psalmist wrote: “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path,” (Psalm 119:105) he was putting his trust not in the meager light of his oil lamp, but in God and in his word to us.
In these latter years of my life, I know that the darkness of death is not that far off. But, I trust not in what little light the world or even I can bring to that oncoming darkness. I trust in God’s word that because of what Jesus did for me on the cross death will not be a time of darkness, but of light and new life.