Driving At Night

     As is the case with many preachers I do a lot of driving at night. The work involves a lot of coming and going. There are speaking appointments, trips to the hospital and visits that need to be made in the evening. Also like most preachers, if I can get back home to my own bed after speaking somewhere I am certainly going to do that. Driving late into the dark night is vastly preferable to tossing and turning in a strange bed.

     Of course, there are some elements of night driving that make it a little dangerous. There are other elements of it that make it better than driving in daylight. At night the deer can “appear” it seems out of nowhere. I have modified the existence of a couple of them (as well as modifying the appearance of my car) over the years. There is generally more foolishness going on at night like driving under the influence of alcohol and other such things. On the plus side there is (when folks use their lights) the benefit of being able to see oncoming vehicles more easily. These days driving any time is made more dangerous by folks texting and doing other distractive things. But in the end, we all have things to do that require us going from one place to another and I, for one, am going to keep on doing it for as long as possible.

     The one thing that makes driving at night better is having good lights. I am sure you have noticed that the lights on our cars these days are much improved over the ones even of the recent past. It is so much easier to get where you are going when you can see where you are going.

     Speaking of seeing, I suspect that most readers see where I am going with this. Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (KJV). Jesus Christ is the “light of the world” (John 8:12) and we are to be “children of the light” (1 Thessalonians 5:5). Light is a good thing in the New Testament and is set in contrast with darkness.

     John spoke of the Lord and said of Him, “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:4-5 NKJV). Sinfulness thrives in darkness, even in practical terms. People often meet to do sinful things at night or in darkened surroundings to lessen the chance of being observed. John made this truth memorable in 1 John 1:5-7: This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

     From the spiritual perspective it is clear that light is good and darkness is bad. Most of us have noticed that little children can be afraid of the dark. They may not know as much as adults do about life but they do know that there is danger in the dark. As we get older we learn how to maneuver in the dark. As I mentioned earlier we do so by taking advantage of technology to better light our way. When we enter a room we first of all flip on the light. We are sure to notice on a dark road if our lights are functioning properly. If circumstances allow we use our high beams.

     There are times in our spiritual life when we would be well advised to use our Biblical “high beams.” In the long ago Isaiah said that one of the problems Israel experienced was that the leadership had redefined the categories of good and evil: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; Who put darkness for light and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (5:20 NKJV). This is precisely what is happening in our world today. One example: traditional marriage is seen by many as bad while any sort of sin imaginable is altogether acceptable. The foolishness of this sort of thing would be laughable except for the seriousness of its consequences.

     So it is that in a sense we are all driving at night these days. We need to use our spiritual high beams to illuminate life’s roads and avoid the dangers lurking in the shadows along the way. Do your high beams work?