TO CHEW ON: “Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
Yesterday we focused on preparing the way of the Lord and straightening those desert highways—doing heart roadwork. Today we explore another aspect of traveling life’s road.
All of us who have driven in darkness know how important good headlights are. Here God’s word is pictured as the headlights for making our way through life—both low and high beam:
“… verse 105 shows us how God’s Word lights the way, giving direction for each step (“to my feet”) and for long-range plans (“to my path”) - Jack Hayford, “God’s Word in Practical Fruitful Living,” New Spirit-Filled Life Bible p. 783.
Some Bible passages that focus on more ways God’s word is light for life’s path:
- It gives understanding (“enlightens the eyes”) - Psalm 19:8
“The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes” - MSG.
- The introduction of God’s word into a situation leads to clarity and grasping meaning (seeing below the surface) even for the “simple” - Psalm 119:130.
“Break own you words, let the light shine out
let ordinary people see the meaning” - MSG.
- God’s laws, rules, and reproofs help us understand how life works and works best - Proverbs 6:23.
“For sound advice is a beacon,
good teaching is a light,
moral discipline is a life path” - MSG.
- Finally, prophetic passages in the Bible are the light of hope for the future - 2 Peter 1:19.
“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts”
I can apply this to our lives no better than Hayford does in the concluding words of his article:
“Let God’s Word guide, correct, instruct, lead, teach, and confirm (and I would add, give hope)” - Ibid.
PRAYER: Dear Father, help me to not only read and study Your word but drive through life by its light. Amen.
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