Who Will Light the Way?
The LORD says . . . “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:5, 6).
Scripture: Isaiah 49:1-6
Song: “Light of Light, Enlighten Me”
Jeremy’s hand rose first when I asked the question. As youth leader for children’s church, I usually took requests for songs. Jeremy always requested, “This Little Light of Mine.” He never tired of that song. Reluctantly, I said yes—but, for me, the song had lost its meaning years ago. At times I even despised it, including the repetitive hand motions.
I suppose the Lord was listening in to my thoughts. Halfway into the chorus, He seemed to speak to my heart: So, how are you going to do that—be my light to a lost world?
The question challenged and convicted me. After the morning worship service, I stopped by the prayer room. I waited in silence for an hour, listening for the Lord, and then I prayed, “Do You have any openings for Christian writers?”
Isaiah prophesied about a Messiah who would one day be a light to all people, Jew and Gentile alike. He, Jesus Christ, is the divine source of light, and we are His lamps. Each of us is called to carry and spread His light to our friends and neighbors.
Lord, fill my lamp with oil, and trim its flame to burn brightly. And use me to bring Your light to those who live in darkness. In Jesus’ name, amen.
“Who Will Light the Way?” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2009 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.