C.S. Lewis said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” *
I pray to have God’s eyes as I view the world and pursue truth — and as I face the decisions before me. This seems to be the wisdom and humility Elihu wished to see in Job, that says, “Teach me what I do not see; I will do it no more.” Job 34:32
It is God’s light upon our path that shows us His truth and the path that is best for our well-being and for the flourishing of His kingdom. This light can be found in His Word and in His Son.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
“The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130
We hunger for this Light. We are afraid of the dark and fear stubbing our toe, falling, and suffering loss.
This is why the Messiah came:
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great Light. Those who live in a dark land, the Light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2
“I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:18
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. . . The true Light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. John 1:4, 5, 9
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ ” John 8:12
Lord of Light, illuminate my mind and heart, open my eyes to Your Truth. Evaporate my fears and confusion, as I see life through Your eyes. And help me to live a life of order and purpose, as I act confidently on the Truth You show me.
* “Is Theology Poetry?” in The Weight of Glory: And Other Addresses, New York: HarperCollins, 2001, 140.