A Light Unto Your Path
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:5–7
When I first got saved, I began writing notes and thoughts in the margins of my Bible. Now, just about every page is full. Recently, I came across today’s verse in that Bible, and I saw a quote I wrote down in the margin years ago when I heard R.A. Corey preach. He said, “Sin will keep me from this book. This book will keep me from sin.” Think about that statement and apply it to today’s verse, which says, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Nobody practicing evil comes to the light, which is the Word of God. When you’re in sin, when you’re in a difficult situation, when you’re running from God, the last thing you want to do is read the Bible. However, reading the Bible is the first thing you ought to do. When you get caught in sin, when you fall, when you make a mistake, when you’re in bondage, read the Bible. Why? Because light dispels darkness.
When you turn the light switch on, there’s no argument between light and dark. There’s no fight or struggle. You turn the light on—darkness is gone. If you want to get out of a dark place in your life, the best thing you can do is read God’s Word, because it’s a lamp for your feet. It lights the path ahead of you and guides you out of darkness.
In the same way, if you’re at a standstill in your life and you don’t know what to do or where to go, God’s Word will light your path. The interesting thing about a lamp is that it only provides light for a small area. You might only be able to see one or two steps ahead, but God sees the entire path in front of you. Not only does God’s Word provide a lamp, it gives you an opportunity to put your trust in Him.
Father, thank You for Your Word that sheds light into every area of my life. I surrender to You any area of my life that has darkness and I trust in You to be a lamp to my feet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Isaiah 58:10; John 3:20; Ephesians 5:8–13
Taken from It Is Written, a Gateway devotion.
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