A Lamp to My Feet
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
Mike lives in the ancient city of Oxford. With its narrow medieval streets, and the consequent traffic congestion that this brings, cycling has for many years been the favored means of transport. Particularly in university term time, the streets are often packed with cyclists – and that’s where the nightmare for drivers begins! For not only do Oxford cyclists operate according to a Highway Code completely of their own making, they frequently ride at night without any lights on – not good for being seen by others (and not good for avoiding potholes!). A lamp is really a quite essential basic need.
And that’s what the Bible is like – a lamp; a lamp that shines into the darkness of this world and which brings things into the light. As Paul puts it, “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible” (Ephesians 5:13-14). The Bible is one of God’s main ways of bringing His light into situations. The light the Bible brings, first, dispels the darkness and helps us distinguish right from wrong. It shows up the dirt – in our own lives as much as anywhere else! But when it does so, it is important for us to remember that God’s intention is only to help us clear up the rubbish, not to catch us out. We can’t clean up what we don’t know is there! Second, like the cyclist’s lamp, the Bible helps us see the way ahead. It lights up the path for us, both helping us to see obstacles and to know which way to take. Brought alive by the Spirit, the Bible truly is one of God’s main ways of guiding us, both individually and corporately.
As writers, we have countless testimonies of how God has used the Bible to speak to us and guide us over the years. Again and again, He has brought just the right passage to us at just the right time with just the right word that we needed. The Bible truly is a lamp. Ask God to keep His promise and bring His light into your situation through His word today.
“The unfolding of your words gives light.” (Psalm 119:130)
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