The Lamp to Light the Way
by Anna Kuta, News and Culture Editor at Crosswalk.com
“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
A few weeks ago, some bad thunderstorms in the area left my house without electricity for almost 24 hours. These kinds of power outages usually happen once or twice a year, so we’re always prepared with plenty of flashlights and batteries. From trying to remember not to flip on light switches out of habit to strategizing which windows to open to get the optimal breeze going, it really makes you appreciate the electricity we usually take for granted. If you’ve ever stumbled through the darkness in the middle of the night trying to locate a flashlight, you understand what I’m saying.
Psalm 119:105 likens the Word of God to a “lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Like a flashlight is crucial for finding your way through a room full of obstacles in the middle of the night during a power outage, the Bible is the all-sufficient guide given to us by God for navigating our lives in a dark world. In and of itself, it contains everything we need to know in order to have faith in God, repent, receive salvation, and live a life pleasing to Him. It teaches us right and wrong, shows us the difference between true and false doctrines, and reveals the character and nature of God. “All Scripture,” as 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Just as a flashlight helps us find our way through the dark, the Word of God is our resource to direct us in all ways in our Christian lives. Not only does it guide our steps in the right path, but it shows us how to avoid the wrong way, and we should never set out without it.
Intersecting Faith & Life
Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” The importance of reading and knowing God’s Word cannot be overstated. Make it a point today and every day to spend at least a few minutes reading Scripture. Learn it. Memorize it. Use it to guide your way. It is one of the most important things you can do.
2 Timothy 2:15
1 Timothy 4:12-13