Have you ever gotten up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep; so you naturally make your way to the kitchen to find a snack? I have, and I can imagine that if the electricity was out and the house was pitch black, I might have some trouble getting to the refrigerator. Now, my house is pretty small and I think I could probably feel my way pretty well, but I might also stub my toe if I turn a corner too quickly, trip over a chair or even misjudge distance and accidentally punch the fridge as I go to open in. This illustration might help us to think about what it’s like to live here in the wasteland.
It’s difficult for us to see. By this I mean discern between right and wrong or know which path to take in life. How do we, when it is pitch black in our house or if we happen to be in someone else’s big house, find the refrigerator? How can we know that we are doing the right thing and how can we know that the path we are on actually helps us to invest well in our eternity with Christ?
For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, a voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory:
This is My beloved Son.
I take delight in Him!
And we heard this voice when it came from heaven while we were with Him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed. You will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dismal place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all, you should know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Peter begins this section by assuring his audience that they have been telling the truth. The apostles were eyewitnesses of everything they described to us. Everything written in the Gospel’s comes from an eyewitness account of someone who was actually there. Peter even claimed to hear the voice come from heaven saying, “This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!” and claimed that all of the prophetic Scripture was confirmed in Jesus. He urged people to look to these Scriptures so that the Scriptures might guide them to Jesus as the Messiah.
Here I want to return to our story. You are in a big house and you don’t know your way around. The electricity is off, so you are bumbling about trying to find the refrigerator so that you might enjoy a midnight snack. On your way, imagine that you trip over something and fall to the ground. You then find something with a ledge to pull yourself back up and on it you discover a flash light. Will this flash light help you to find the refrigerator?
Of course it will, assuming that the batteries in it are good. Here Peter tells us that the word of the prophets, made clear in Jesus Christ, is like a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts. Scripture is a light for us in this dark world. When it is difficult for us to discern between right and wrong, we go to Scripture. When we don’t know which path to take, we go to Scripture. If we stay in Scripture, spending time in it every day, and we are in a Biblically centered church as often as we can be genuinely looking into the Word together, then we will be better prepared to discern between right and wrong and to make the right decisions in life. Scripture is our flashlight in this wasteland.
Peter mentions something very interesting in this text. He tells us that it will be this way until the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts. At this point in Peter’s life, he is nearing death and he knows it and is content with it. We see that in verse 14. We recently read John’s description of the renewed creation in Revelation; check this out in Revelation 22:5:
Night will no longer exist, and people will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever.
This narrow vision that we have only exists for our time on this earth because of the sin’s curse. When creation is renewed, those who trust in Christ will have their reason perfected. We will be able to make decisions rightly and we will be able to discern right and wrong perfectly. God Himself will be our light and there will be no night. Here’s what this means about the nature of Scripture. Scripture is a flashlight and one day God Himself will be our light. This means that Scripture is a very small portion of what God wants to reveal to us, but we must wait until we are with God forever. It means that Scripture is absolutely necessary for this life and necessary if we want to invest in our eternity or build rewards in heaven that will not rust. The promise and the good news is this, that when we bury ourselves in the goodness of the Word of God, we can see a little. Without God’s word, we are bumblers in the dark.
 2 Peter 1:16-20 (HCSB)