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Sunday, June 5, 2011

No Flashlight

Proverbs 6:23 (New International Version)
 For this command is a lamp,
   this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
   are the way to life.

A young man went out from his back yard at night in hope of finding worms for the following day's fishing trip. He had lived in this area for many years, and seemed to know every nook and cranny, so saw no need to take a flashlight with him. "The light of the moon was good enough for my grand-pappy, so its good enough for me!" He thought to himself as he treaded down the long and narrow cobblestone path which lead from his yard and in to the grassy field behind his home.
Sure enough, an hour went by and the young man indeed found his fill of night crawlers, knowing just were this and that rock or stump was located to look under. He'd lift the rock, and as soon as he saw that familiar wriggle, he'd quickly snatch the worm for its next mornings duties.

Just as the young man decided it was time to return, he spied a large log. "Just one more," he thought.

As usual, he pushed the moss-covered log over with his boot, and upon seeing that familiar wriggle, plunged his hand down... only to let out a shrill scream! What he grasped was not a night crawler, but a small snake! He had been bit!

As he could not see what type of snake it was, the young man dropped his jar of worms, and ran like a mad-man out of the field, tripping and falling along the way.

Real Life Application: Chances are, if this young man had brought a flashlight with him he would have been able to see the danger ahead.
Most of us don't intend bad things to happen, but they can, and do, especially when we are unprepared and approach certain matters unwisely. We may think we have everything under complete control, and fully understand the consequences to our words and actions, but do we?

God gave us His word to provide us with wisdom; to act as a light in a world of darkness. Just as it is unwise, even dangerous, to walk at night without a suitable light source, so too, should we invite and allow God's illumination to guide and protect us throughout our life.

Dear Lord we thank You for being the light that can lead the way for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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