By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen, First Baptist Church, Spearfish, SD
I was born in Appleton, Minnesota in 1953. When I was in early grade school, we moved to a farm maybe 20 miles north of Appleton. Our house was about 300 feet from Drywood Lake. In the winter months we trapped muskrats. When Dad got home from work in the winter, it was dark. So, when he and I were going to check the traps for muskrats, he would first get his big, red flashlight. It had a white threaded ring that held the large lens in place. Then, he …would lead the way in the dark with the flashlight turned on. We would go out onto the frozen lake to the muskrat mounds to see if anything had been caught. Then, we would turn around and he would lead the way back to the house. That flashlight was very helpful in the dark.
When I think back to those walks in the dark, that flashlight reminds me of the Bible, which is the Word of God. The Psalm writer said this to God about the Bible in the 105th verse of Psalm 119: “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Just as Dad’s big red flashlight lighted the way before us, so God’s Word lights the way as we Christians walk through this sin-darkened world. As we follow its teachings, it will keep us from stumbling in the dark. And it will keep us from stepping into the traps of temptation and false teachings that have been set by Satan.