The Light of Life

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The Old Testament speaks of the Feast of Lights, which is most commonly known as Hanukkah. It celebrates the miracle of oil supplied for temple service. Interestingly, there are several verses that combine light and life. Could there possibly be a connection?

Psalm 119:105 says the “Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” This indicates that the Word gives direction. The commandments and the law are identified as lights, and instruction is a way of life (Proverbs 6:23). Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation … The Lord is the strength of my life.” Jesus said He is the Light of the world, and in Him there is life (John 8:12). Therefore, He is our Light, and He is our Life.

For us, this means that He gives direction—one step at a time as we walk along our path of life. He gives instruction—one learning moment at a time as we grow. He gives us strength—one day at a time as we go through difficult situations. He is our Life, He is our everything; without Him, we cannot survive.

Our primary source of light is the sun. The moon is bright due to the reflection of the sun upon its face. This is an interesting concept when we think of our lives. Our Source of Light is the Son. We are His reflection. His character is upon our face.

Christy Nockels sings “Life Light Up,” which beautifully emphasizes these concepts.

“And with You, You are the air I breathe ‘Cause You are my everything And I am an offering . . . So let my life light up like the city lights And let it burn for You in the darkest night . . . My light will shine on earth And my Father will be praised!!”

Our Faith Challenge for this week: Are you a reflection of His glory? How are you reflecting His character? As you go throughout your day, look to the Source of Light and Life. Read and meditate on the Scripture verses listed above. Be a radiating beacon of light!

Father, may this precious one look to you as their Light and Life. May they be a beacon of hope to those who need to see Your reflection in their life each day. Thank You! Amen.

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