A little while ago, I was reading Christopher his Bible devotion (I cannot remember what we were reading), but somehow we got on the topic of Jesus being the light of the world. I had explained to him how light reveals things that are hidden in the dark. What Christopher said next was so heart-warming and true, “Jesus is my night light.”
That is humbling to hear a child make that connection for himself to understand. In reality, Jesus is our night light as we continue to press our hearts to know Him more and more in our spiritual journeys. Too often we forget (or don’t realize) during our times of need that the Holy Spirit within us shines a light on what the will of God is for us each day. Our troubles and struggles exist through darkness until we “turn on the light” to see what is to be revealed.
Just think- for those who have some kind of night light in their child’s room, what is the point of it? The point is to shine light on a dark room so your child can have peace and know what the “scary shadows” are lurking in their room. It is a simple step process by flipping a switch on a tiny item that shines just enough light in the room without “interrupting rest” so that whatever is causing fear of the unknown is to be seen.
The same principle applies to us in our spiritual lives. When we go through seasons in our lives that feel hard and we are unsure of what to do or what is happening (spiritual warfare), we have a disrupted peace in our hearts that prevents our ability to rest in God’s continuous presence. Sin, trauma, and everything else that is not of God is darkness and hidden. God’s Word is alive and has a light that is within us.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
The Holy Spirit made his home in us after Jesus went on the Cross, and what the above verse means to me is through praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, He can awaken an understanding of God’s Word as I commit to studying it every day. For example, have you ever read a Bible verse multiple times over a certain time period only to find that at a certain moment, you understand it in a new way? See, the Word is alive (Hebrews 4:12) and it is within us by the Holy Spirit. He knows God’s will for our lives and at the right moment whether we seek help or not, a divine appointment is placed upon our path that makes everything that we are enduring in that particular season make sense of why something is happening.
As we pray or seek God through His Word, the spiritual light switch turns on and allows the Holy Spirit to go to work as our Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, Standby (John 14:26, AMP) in ways that we cannot imagine. When reading the Bible, especially when we don’t know what to do or what is going to happen, a light within us shines on the God breathed words to reveal a newfound understanding and hope that we so desire. The same thing happens as we pray because the Holy Spirit goes to work to bring fulfillment into God’s will for our lives.
Sometimes those moments we encounter- good or bad- are what God is using to fulfill His will for not only our lives, but others that we meet until we go Home. But, we have to prepare our hearts and spiritual eyes so that we do not miss the moments that God places before us.
Have you ever had an experience where you spoke to a person or went to a place you normally wouldn’t have only to realize that it was God’s connection for you to experience?