Friday, August 1, 2008

#1 A Light Unto My Path

"Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path." Psalm 119:105 NASB

One of my favorite things to do as a young boy was to take a flashlight outside at night and try to shine it way up in the trees or maybe even try to shine that little light all the way up into the heavens. On a really clear, dark night I could follow the beam for what seemed like miles and miles to a small boy. I loved trying to shine my light in an attempt to catch an animal walking near the edge of my grandparents' home place. They lived in a rural part of North Carolina and it was not uncommon to see deer, raccoons, opossums, squirrels and not to mention stray dogs that people would abandon at the entrance of my Granddad's junk yard. What was really amazing about that little light was that I could adjust the end of it and it would make the beam of light either wider or smaller, thus allowing me to widen my field of search or dial it in for the utmost intensity if I thought I saw something moving in the brush.

The Word of God is very similar to that flashlight for each of us today. As we look around our individual worlds many of us would readily agree that we could use a lot more light in our lives. And the awesome thing about it is that God has promised that He will light our way if we will simply trust Him to do so (Psalm 32:8). The greater question then becomes one of how do we "activate" this mighty light in our lives. The answer is not some exercise out of a spiritual Calculus manual. It is simply that we need to spend time reading our Bibles and praying over the things that we read in the Bible. In Romans 10:17 we are told that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. The methodology is beautiful here. If we spend time in the Bible then our faith will be increased, and if our faith is increased then we will have a deeper ability, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to trust the Lord where ever He may choose to lead us. Our pathway of life will then be illuminated as the Lord sees fit to open doors for us. I encourage each of you to covenant with the Lord to spend more time in the Bible this week. In Isaiah 1:18 the Lord tells us to come and reason with Him. Why not take Him up on His offer and sit at the feet of the God of the universe on a daily basis through His word and watch for the marvelous light of His love to spread out like a beautiful tapestry before you? Blessings to each of you as seek to find God's light in your life.

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