God’s Word: A Lamp and A Light
The longest Psalm focuses on God’s Word stating,
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.Psalm 119:105 CSB
The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to illuminate our paths as we follow Christ. He is the ultimate Author of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16). God’s Word shows us who God is and what we need to do to become more like Him. The Bible holds of the good news of the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ.
The Psalmist refers to the Word of God being a lamp to our feet and light to our path. In ancient times, they would tie oil lamps to their feet to light their way at night. Those lamps only gave enough light to see about four feet ahead. These lamps just provided enough illumination for the next step.
That’s how God directs our paths. He gives us light through His Word to take the next step in our faith journey.
Most of us want to see our entire path illuminated, but that’s not how God works. He doesn’t light the whole path until we see Christ. He only gives us enough light to take the next step.
Are you relying upon the Word of God to light your path as you seek to follow Christ and pursue Him? Are you feeding on a daily diet of God’s Word? Is Scripture your ultimate authority in all matters of faith and life?
Will you be faithful to turn to God’s Word and take the next step in your faith journey?
What we find is that, when we are faithful to take the next step, we can look back at all our steps and see how God has guided our lives through His Word as we follow Christ.
I pray that we will make daily Bible reading and prayer a habit that we practice throughout our lives. I pray we will be faithful to take the next step.
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Tim is the Director of the Global Center for Youth Ministry and Associate Professor for Youth Ministry & Missions at Anderson University. He is lead pastor/planter of Mosaic Church of Anderson. Tim is also the author of Engaging Generation Z (Kregel Academic), No Better Gospel (Seeds Publishing Group), and the author and editor of Navigating Student Ministry (B&H Academic). His comments do not reflect the views of his employers and are his own personal views on various subjects.