21Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?” (Mark 4:21-23)
When Jesus said this, He had just taught and explained the parable of the sower to His disciples. This teaching stresses the importance of God’s Word in our lives. We can’t bear fruit without putting God’s Word in our hearts any more than a farmer can have a harvest without planting seeds. Then Jesus said that a candle must be put on a candlestick to shine its light. The Lord was still speaking about the importance of His Word.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105). Jesus was saying that God’s Word is how He sheds light on all of our situations. Without the illumination of God’s Word, we will stumble around in the dark. Furthermore, what’s the purpose of having a light if we aren’t going to use it? Why would anyone place a lamp under his bed or a basket and block the light? That doesn’t make sense. But that’s exactly what we often do with the light God has given us.
How many times have we neglected meditating on God’s Word because of our busy schedules, and as a result we just stumbled blindly through our day? The influence of God’s Word in our lives is not a luxury we can do without. It’s as essential as light in a dark room. Light in the darkness enables us to function as if it were day-as long as the light is in a prominent place.
Your heart is the candlestick on which you set the light of God’s Word. As you meditate on it day and night, there is no circumstance or secret that will not be clearly revealed to you through the light of the Word (Mark 4:22). You will see where you are going and not stumble today if His Word is shining brightly in your heart.