April 9th Devotion

How Does God’s Word “Light Our Path”?
By Sarah E. Frazer

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. - Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

Every night, I do the same thing. My husband and I work together on what we call “closing up shop.” What we mean is we put the dog out to the yard one more time before putting her in the garage for the night. We make coffee for the morning. Usually, I wipe the counters and straighten up blankets while he loads the last of the dishes and turns on the dishwasher. After that, we turn all of the lights off and use our phones as flashlights to make our way up the dark stairs.

Our light only illuminates the next step. It doesn’t light up the entire hallway or shine into every corner of the room. Our lights act like small lamps, much like the one mentioned in Psalm 119:105. The word for lamp here is actually the same word for candle or torch. It is something we hold and carry with us while walking through the dark.

God’s Word is said to be a lamp or a light for us while we travel this life. How does it light our way? It means I don’t always have the answers to my questions, but I always have the character of God and His ways. In the Bible, God’s Word, we find not answers to our specific questions as to where exactly God wants to lead us, but truths about God himself.

In the Bible, we see who God is and what He has done. The most important things we need to know are in the Bible. The Bible shows us God and His character. The stories, the poetry, the prophecy, and the teachings all reveal a God filled with holiness, justice, love, goodness, and much more.

The Word of God also reveals the acts of God. What has God done in the past? The stories reveal the power and presence of God throughout all of history. The comfort we can gain from knowing that God is the same is immeasurable. Having a God that doesn’t change means that the God who parted the Red Sea in Exodus is the same God who wakes up the sun for me each morning.

The way God’s Word lights our path is to give us truth about God, His ways, and His desire for us. We don’t need to read self-help books or listen to the latest fad on finding inner peace. God’s Word, the daily reading of His Word, is the help we need. It gives us light right when we need it.

When we open God’s Word, it isn’t magic, but the regular reading and prayer that comes along with it does indeed change us. You might not notice at first. But by opening God’s Word day after day and praying through what you are learning, you will see over time. I have found in my own life this is true. Much of the way I think and the way I respond to situations has changed. For many years, I’ve read through the book of Psalms. For almost twenty years, I’ve read a Psalm almost every day.

In this daily practice, I found that God brings me comfort in times when I need it. I remember a verse, a passage, or a phrase that I’ve read in that moment of distress. There are moments that I feel confused and worried, and then a truth about God or a story that reveals something God has done in the past reminds me to have peace.

God’s Word is meant to be the light that guides us, comforts us, and reminds us of what is true in this world. Especially in today’s society, where we are bombarded by the world’s agenda, truth, and voice, we need something to counteract this. That voice is God’s Word. God’s Word is not confusing. It is a light, clear and bright, ready to give us answers when the world cannot.
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