Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
How is it going?! How is your New Year’s Resolution shaping out for 2018? I have been so encouraged by the Bibles I have seen in church and very happy to hand out several Bibles to people who wanted to walk with us in the challenge. Maybe you have thought about the challenge, but keep forgetting your Bible at home! Maybe you have brought the Bible to church, but forgot to mark it beforehand or to read it during the week. No need to worry! There is still time. This is not a one-day, one week, or New Year’s only resolution. This is a lifestyle change for the better of your faith. Start this Sunday. Open it right now and mark the weekly verses. You will be so happy you tried it, and you will not want to stop ever.
The verse from Psalms above is so encouraging. A lamp does so many things. First, a lamp gives us light. Without the lamp, we do not know where we are going, and without the Bible, we do not know where God wants to take us. A lamp at our feet allows us to see what dangers might be around us so we can avoid them. The Word of God shares with us dangers and warnings and allows us to avoid them or to ask God to strengthen us through them. A lamp lights the path ahead. We can walk with confidence knowing where the path is leading us. The Word of God can be our path. Solomon said, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Finally, a lamp gives off warmth and protection. The warmth of the Gospel warms our hearts and minds as we rest of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are forgiven. The Bible says that so clearly. The Word of God give us that good feeling that everything is going to be alright!
May God continue to strengthen your drive to open His Word, learning something new, and find strength in the Gospel.
Pastor Nathan Grewe