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July 14 Today’s Reading: Isaiah 2-5
“Let us walk in the light of the Lord”
What a very important admonition this must be for our souls! It is given to us by God the Holy Ghost repeatedly in the Book of God (Matthew 5:14-16; John 8:12; Ephesians 5:5-16; 1 John 1:5-9).
What is “the light of the Lord”? Without question, all men by nature have the light of conscience, for which they are responsible (John 1:9; Romans 1:19-20; 2:14-15). But “the light of the Lord” is the light of special grace given to the “house of Jacob” in regeneration and conversion. “The light of the Lord” is Christ himself, by whom the triune God is revealed to us and in us (John 1:14,18), the gospel of God’s free grace in Christ (2 Corinthians 4:5-6), the Holy Scriptures (Psalm 119:105), the revealed will of God (Proverbs 3:5-6), the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:11), and the example of Christ (1 Peter 2:21). This is the light God has given us. These many rays of light all shine from Christ, the Sun of Righteousness. They never contradict one another, or shine apart from one another. It is our responsibility to walk in the light God has given. But…
How can we “walk in the light of the Lord”? I do not have all the answers. But I do know these things: If we would walk in the light of the Lord, we must own and acknowledge that Christ is our Lord. — We must believe the light he gives. — We must obey our Lord, following the direction of his light. — We must pattern our lives after his example. — And we must persevere to the end, walking in the light of the Lord. Christ is the Light of the world; and all who live by faith in him “walk in the light of the Lord.” — “The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18). — “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
Why must we “walk in the light of the Lord”? He is the only true light. Reason makes guesses. Feelings are deceiving. Customs change. Only the light of the Lord is absolute. In his light our hearts find rest and peace. The light of the Lord gives our minds wisdom, direction, and discernment. In his light our souls find satisfaction. What can be so satisfying to the soul as the light of God’s purpose, providence, propitiation, and promise? It is by walking in the light of the Lord that the sons of Jacob (chosen, redeemed sinners) have fellowship with God and one another. God has given us light. — “Let us walk in the light of the Lord.” May God the Holy Spirit give us grace to do so for the glory of him who loved us and gave himself for us.