Word is a Lamp

“Your word is a lamp to my feet…” Psalm 119: 105

There are always so many questions about the nature of God’s guidance and how the Word of God should be used in the context of providence. Some imagine that Bible could be used as a guidance by finding random verses to seek encouragement or assuming it to be a word of promise.  While some expect God to direct them towards some verses for clear direction, some even use it like a spell book, which could be recited to get the preferred outcome.

But, in this verse by describing the Word of God as a lamp, the Psalmist is talking about the nature of God’s guidance to his people in different way than we normally imagine. Lamp is the source of light to guide the steps. Lamp, with its oil, thread and container, which holds the oil, does not directly represent the light it brings, but represents the entire mechanism which ultimately produces‘Light’. The power of the Word and its guidance begins by first working within us. It transforms our inner being so that we develop an inner compass, which would lead our way.

When a person starts meditating “his law day and night” (Ps. 1: 2), the scripture gives them‘wisdom,’ ‘insight’ and ‘understanding’ (Ps. 119: 98-100). This is the process of transforming the character of the person. The transformation doesn’t happen overnight, but rather in a slow fashion, even as the person meditates on the word daily. It develops a moral compass which reveals what God expects from our lives. Together, wisdom and insight, will surely guide a person in the right path when he most needs instruction.

This is rather an unpopular method among Christians because we usually look for a quick fix to sort our problems. But, the guidance which is promised in the Bible is a ‘long term fix’. Meditating on the Word of God transforms us and makes us wise and able to make decisions. As the Psalmist says, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Ps. 119: 130).

The Word of God is challenging us today to meditate on it daily, so that we will be instructed by God and be guided through the Word in all our steps. Let us not seek the Word only in times of crisis and for quick solutions. But, let us strive to listen to the Word’s admonitions, instructions and consolations every day, so that we will be changed and transformed to lead a life of light.

A mature Christian who has the Word of God in his heart will be guided by it from the inside. He is changed by the meditation of the Scripture. He knows exactly what is expected of him in every situation as the Word of God will continually lead and direct his paths. Let the Word of God which is the lamp, guide our feet in all the ways of our lives.

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Day 348

by Rev Joel Yong

2 Peter 2:4-9
God didn’t spare angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, where he has secured them with chains of darkness and is holding them for judgment. God didn’t spare the ancient world either. He brought the flood on the world of ungodly people, but he protected Noah and seven other people. Noah was his messenger who told people about the kind of life that has God’s approval. God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and destroyed them by burning them to ashes. He made those cities an example to ungodly people of what is going to happen to them. Yet, God rescued Lot, a man who had his approval. Lot was distressed by the lifestyle of people who had no principles and lived in sexual freedom. Although he was a man who had God’s approval, he lived among the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. Each day was like torture to him as he saw and heard the immoral things that people did. Since the Lord did all this, he knows how to rescue godly people when they are tested. He also knows how to hold immoral people for punishment on the day of judgment.

God is consistent. Evil people throughout the ages have been punished by God. No one escapes punishment that is due.

God is also consistent in showing mercy to people who seek to do what is right and follow God’s ways.

So if you are disappointed and frustrated, and you are losing faith because evil doers seem to get away with everything- don’t be.
Trust in God. He has His timeline for executing judgment and He always sees that justice is done.

But remember that we too are fallen and flawed beings. We may think others are worse off, but we too are sinners.
We need God’s mercy and grace too.

So it’s important for us, as believers and followers of God – to do what is right rather than pretend to follow God while continually indulging in sin.

In that state, we are even more guilty than those who have never known of God’s truth and of His gospel.

2 Peter 2:20
People can know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and escape the world’s filth. But if they get involved in this filth again and give in to it, they are worse off than they were before.

Suppose you have a 9 year old boy and a 3 year old boy in your home.
You have a rule of not playing with the stove.

Now we expect both to follow this rule but we have higher expectations of the 9 year old- that he would know better because we have taught him about the dangers of playing with fire and showed him newspaper articles of buildings scorched by flames. Not to mention, the time you forgave the 9 year old for burning the toilet roll.

Believers have been forgiven and should know better than to repeat our old ways. Let us therefore replace our old sinful habits with new godly spiritual disciplines today.