A Light to Your Path

We are living in very dark times right now. The hatred, deception, confusion, violence, judgment, loss, death – is covering the earth. We have competing forces in politics, the business sector, entertainment, media, education, medical field, families, social issues… It is hard to know who to believe and what side of certain issues to take. Where can you find answers, guidance, light in the darkness?

God’s Word.

That may sound simplistic, and even outdated, but the Book of Ecclesiastes says:

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look! This is something new’? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.” Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 NIV

But the Word of God has always been with us and is full of wisdom for every season, every generation, every issue. The Book of Proverbs says that Wisdom was with God as He was creating the heavens and the earth. (See chapter 8)

One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 119:105 “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

King David, the one who penned this song, had enormous responsibilities, daily. He was a father, husband, Commander in Chief of the armies of Israel, the king – and he had enemies who were constantly scheming his demise – just like you do. (Paul said that we are not ignorant of Satan’s schemes – i.e. strategies, plans for your destruction).
But thank God David was also a songwriter! Because of this, his daily walk with God was recorded, and the wisdom God gave to Him for his difficult situations is available to us through his Psalms.

Psalm 119:105 says God’s Word is light in two ways:

1. For your feet.
When I walk through my backfield at night looking for my blind and deaf dog, which I must do periodically when he escapes – I need a flashlight because it is two acres of brush. I must shine the light straight down so I can see what I am stepping on. I need to carefully watch every step I take so I do not step on a snake.
There are many “snakes in the grass” in our world that you must be aware of. The Word of God will shine a light on them.

2. For your path.
The second way the Word helps you is that it will shine a light on your path. Periodically I need to shine the light ahead of me so I can make sure I am still on the path and not veering off into the brush.

The world is moving faster and faster and at the same time farther and farther away from God’s ways. If you are not constantly in the Word, allowing God’s ways to shine light on your path, you will certainly veer off course.

I spent a ton of time this past week in the Word and prayer discerning His perspective on all the issues facing our nation. As a preacher I need to make sure I am speaking from His perspective, not mine. And so, do you.

If it were not for the Word, we would not know what to think. But the Word is clear. It is your light.

I encourage you to be in the Word every day so you can know where to step and so you can stay on the path.

John