Shining a Light on a Dark Path



Shining a Light on a Dark Path

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” – Psalm 119:105

Have you ever walked through the woods at night?

Our passage from yesterday told us that God’s Word is truth and that it sanctifies us (makes us holy). God’s Word also directs, protects, and guides us as we walk through our lives.

God’s Word Directs

  • Should I turn left or right?
  • Should I take this job or that?
  • Should I spend time doing one thing or the other?
  • How close of a friend should I be with this person?

Life presents us with a lot of questions and God’s Word can direct us in many of these questions. Through God’s Word, we can become wise. This starts with faith but extends to many areas of life. The books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, and Psalms contain a great deal of wisdom that pertains to many areas of life. As we study God’s Words and put those words into practice, we grow in wisdom.

This doesn’t mean every step is directed. You won’t find a passage that tells you to park in one parking spot vs another or which mutual fund to invest in, but God’s Word will give you principles that can help you to know that whether you step to the right or left, you are stepping on solid ground.

God’s Word Protects
The other day I was walking my dog when I stepped in the wrong place and rolled my ankle. It hurt and I had to wear a brace for a few days. It’s good to see where you are stepping to so you can avoid things like that.

God’s Words can protect you from rolling your proverbial ankle.

There are countless warnings in the Bible about the damaging effects of sin and foolishness. The Bible gets pretty specific about many of these things as well.

  • Pride comes before the fall.
  • The love of money leads to all kinds of evil.
  • Like a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.
  • There are many more…

The Bible doesn’t just protect us from worldly harm, though. God’s promises protect us from hopelessness and despair. His Gospel even protects us from eternal death!

God’s Word Guides
Ultimately, God’s Word is the light that guides us to eternal life.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:1-5

God’s Word is the light of the world which leads us out of darkness into His marvelous light. It guides us not only in our actions but our faith. It guides us to life, itself. 

Heavenly Father,

Jesus is the light of the world. Guide me by the light of Your Word into faith and, by faith, into eternal life with You. Protect me from the dangers that lie all around me. Guide me on my path that in this life, that I would walk in your ways to the glory of Your holy Name.

Amen.

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Kurt

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