In scripture, there are several directives to walk in the light (1 John 1:6-7, Ephesians 5:8) and warnings against walking in darkness (Isaiah 59:9, John 11:10, Job 5:14).

Sin and wickedness are clearly darkness. Separation from God and rejection of what is good fill out that picture of utter darkness. For the light we see Christ Jesus (John 8:12), God the Father (1 John 1:5), and the Holy Spirit’s leading (Ephesians 5:9). Walking in the light involves the entire Godhead working in us to enable us to live rightly.

I want to also highlight another aspect of the light that I think may demonstrate a practical way in which we can obey these commands to walk in the light. Consider the words of the Psalmist in 119:105.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

One of the primary ways we can be sure our path is illuminated is to have God’s word direct us daily. We all know we shouldn’t walk in darkness, but without the light to drive it away, we will inevitably walk in the darkness despite our best efforts.

Daily come before God and ask him to use his word to light your path. He delights to use his word powerfully for his children, and you can rest in the comfort of the pages of scripture, knowing that there you find light for your path, water for your soul, and health for your spirit.