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"Penetrating the Fog"

November 6, 2004

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Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

I just returned from driving my daughter to high school through a thick fog. Heavy, dense fog. Visibility zero. My headlights barely penetrated. Cars crept along. Drivers strained to see a few feet ahead. What can penetrate the fog?

Life often seems shrouded in a dense, thick fog. So much confusion in our world. Knotty problems. Moral breakdown. Strident voices. Many conflicting opinions, but no solid answers. Uncertainty regarding the future of the world, our country, our town, and our lives. What can penetrate the fog?

The psalmist suggests, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Though afflicted with much suffering and tempted to go astray by the wicked, the psalmist continues to trust in the promises and guidance of God’s unchanging Word.

The apostle John further identifies that light with the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ: “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” (John 1:4-5). “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world” (John 1:9). Yes, the light of God’s Word penetrates the fog of sin and death by revealing Jesus Christ as Savior.

The fog remains. We admit the inadequacy of our feeble efforts to penetrate the sin, confusion, and uncertainty of our world. But we turn to God’s Word. In it God shines forth to penetrate the fog with His Son, the crucified and risen Savior. We can see again. We can drive confidently through the fog and even light the way for others.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, shine as the light to guide me through the fog of sin and death to You and eternal life. Amen.

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