Navigating by the stars was how sailors found their way in ancient times. But what happened when it was dark and clouds blocked the stars? After many a shipwreck, lighthouses were built along coastlines to aid seamen in guiding them to their destinations.

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

The most famous and enduring light house is perhaps the lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt. It stood in the Island of Pharos, in the Harbor of Alexandria, Egypt. It was finished around 280 BC, meaning it was standing at the time Christ was on earth. It was approximately 350 feet tall. This lighthouse lit up the harbor of Alexandria for 15 centuries, until it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1303 AD. Think about how many were saved by that single lighthouse over the centuries. How many more can be saved by the love and sacrifice of our Lord and Savior? Lighthouses are representative of the Christian faith for many reasons. Lighthouses represent God’s: Strength Lighthouses represent strength as they are able to withstand the elements of nature.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all this through him who gives me strength 

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

Hope Lighthouses represent hope; hope that we will soon reach safety. With God there is always Hope. 

Psalm 33:20

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. 

Proverbs 23:18

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. 

Endurance Lighthouses withstand the extreme elements of nature. God will stand firm against every adversity we face. 

Psalm 100:5

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. 

Guidance The light from light houses guides sailors home just as the light of Christ guides people to their salvation. 

John 14:16

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 1:5

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— 

Love Those light houses would not have been put along the rugged coast lines if someone didn’t care about the safety of those sailors. God’s love is infinitely greater than man’s love for each other.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sharing We are lighthouses. We are to share the light and be a beacon of hope in this dark world. We’re commanded to do this by the Great Commission, found in two gospels:

Matthew 28:19

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

Mark 16:15

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Go Be A Light!

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