Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Most people have a Bible somewhere in their home. Sadly, in far too many of those homes, the God-breathed Greatest Story Ever Told is not read; it lies gathering dust on a tabletop or a bookshelf. The Bible is the Number One, best-selling book in the history of the world, and it has made a profound impact on Western civilization from its very beginning. Here’s the question: Has the Word of God made a profound impact on you?
God gave us His Word so that we would read it. He could have left it up to the Holy Spirit to encourage, motivate, and instruct us to do His will in this world, but that’s not what He did ; He gave us His living and active Word so that we would read it, respond to it, and therefore be changed by it.
When Jesus was being tempted by the devil during His wilderness experience, He did not bargain or compromise or apologize. He looked Satan in the eye and declared, “It is written!” Jesus knew the Word of God, and He was able to use that Word to resist and ultimately defeat the attacks of the enemy. “Man shall not live by bread alone,” our Lord said, “but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
Think about going a few days without eating. You will not only grow hungry, you will grow weaker and weaker. Now, multiply that by a week or even a month. Just as our bodies need nourishment to sustain physical life, our souls need nourishment to sustain spiritual life. We must come into God’s presence each day, marinating in and meditating on His Word. When we do that, we will be able to fight against everything that comes against us in this life, achieve victory, and give God all the glory, just as Jesus did..
God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. We live in a spiritually dark world, and we need the light of our Lord’s love that is found on the pages of sacred Scripture to guide our steps into God’s will for our lives. As we progress toward glory, the Word of God will give us both direction and correction to live a life for the glory of God and the good of others – all others – including ourselves.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!