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September 26, 2013
By Pastor Eddie Davidson
First Baptist Church, Hamilton
It was a gray, overcast day. I was hunting between the railroad and the river. Rain falling in recent days caused the river to rise. I was unaware of how much and how fast. I stepped confidently into the woods. All I had to do was turn around and walk back, but the valleys I walked through when I started were quickly filled by the rising river. I was lost in that river bottom for a long time before I realized it. A rising river placed me in danger I didn’t realize was there.
My situation was more desperate than I knew and growing more desperate by the minute. The sun was setting. The waters were about to rise over my head. I was lost, and I needed to be saved.
I was so afraid I sat down on a stump and cried. I asked God to help me and show me the way out. By then, it was just about dark. When I stood up, I could see a light swinging back and forth in the wind. I made up my mind I would head straight for that light even if I had to swim across that swollen river. That light was my only hope. The closer I got, the more I could see it was just a light hanging down from an old shed. There was a man working there who told me how to find my way home.
Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Are you lost? Do you feel a sense of urgency — a sense that time is running out? What should you do? Jesus is your light in the darkness. Your only hope is to find Him and follow Him. As you look for Him, remember He is also looking for you.
Admit to God you are lost. You have followed sin and wandered from His presence.
Look for the only Light in life’s darkness. That Light is Jesus Himself. Right now He is shining His Light for you to see. Repent of your sins and turn to Him in faith. Ask Him to place His life in you to enable you to live in a way that pleases Him. Trust Him. Follow Him. Tell others about Him.