John got a night job as a security officer in a large bank. He was told he would wear a uniform which consisted of a white or blue shirt, a navy clip on tie and navy blue pants.
John followed the dress code nightly, but he was old-school and most of his ties were just that "neckties," that he liked to tie on his own. The clip on's that he was told to wear, were a bit short on him and he felt they were for younger boys.
So one day, John asked his boss if he could wear a regular necktie, and not the "clip-on, that was already a knotted tie." His boss told him in no uncertain terms he was never to wear a necktie.
John's boss never told him why he couldn't wear "neckties" and he felt his boss was being a bit persnickety. Time went on and although John liked his job, he hated wearing those clip-on ties.
So one night he went to work with his own necktie, that he tied. He felt quite virile as he peered into the mirror and saw the crisp knot that he had made. And, for once, he didn't feel like a youngster at work, no he felt like a bona fide security officer.
No one had even noticed that John was not wearing a clip on tie. And so, John wore his own neckties from that night on.
One night as John was making his rounds, he heard a strange noise. Concerned, he went down the steps noticeably a little, ill at ease. Then before he knew what was happening, John was grabbed from behind.
As the two men fought, John struggled with the stranger until both men fell. The stranger grabbed John's tie and began to pull it. The more the stranger pulled it the tighter it got around his neck and John found himself being choked.
If it wasn't for the intervention of another officer, John might have been choked to death that night. And, it was all because he had not been wearing a clip-on tie, how foolish and shortsighted John felt now.
If John had worn a clip-on tie, it would have come right off his neck and he would not have been choked. John finally saw the rational behind wearing a clip-on tie verses a necktie.
How many times have we fallen or battled, simply because we chose not to listen to God's Word? Perhaps, God was telling us to walk down a pathway that seemed uncertain in our eyes. Or perhaps we were looking down a pathway that seemed much easier to travel.
David is telling us that by reading and knowing God's Word, we have a lamp that provides daily directions to where God wants to lead us. And, God's Word provides a light that brings understanding to our hearts and minds for living out His daily plan for our lives.
We don't need to know the "whys," when we read God's Word on a daily basis, we will grow in His grace. Over time the Lord reveals to us, how we are to live for Him. Ask God for His direction in the little things you face each day.
If John had worn a simple clip-on tie, it would have come off very easily when he was attacked. John was blessed that another officer had come to his aid, still you have to wonder what would have happened to John if no one was there to help him?
Our pathways may seem dimly lit and somber, but when we walk in the "light of God," we will always find our way. By His words our pathway is brightly lit and we can see where we are going, we can find our way!
Are you struggling to know God's ways or His purposes? Start by reading His Word on a daily basis. He will surely show you His will for your life.
One of my favorite verses comes to mind (Psalms 25:4-5). Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
God's light shines brightly when we are willing to walk His ways!