Last week we looked at the importance of working out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). The reason for this sort of exhortation is the simple fact that we are a work in progress. For the Christian, being involved in the maturing process is so important, for it helps to bring us beyond that child-like stage, which in turn keeps us from being “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14) as well as other things. It is important to encourage a new Christian to be purposed in the maturing process. It is equally important to show them how to do it. One area of enormous importance regarding this process is the role God’s word must play in their new found journey in life.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
I can’t tell you how many times over the years I have been in need of a flashlight, only to find the batteries dead, or worse yet, I am unable to find the flashlight itself. In most cases, my need for light was due to the fact that, for some reason, I found myself in a dark place, unable to navigate or see what I was doing For the disciple, our journey heavenward also has moments of darkness as we, called to run, navigate the course. (Hebrews 12:1) It is, at times, overwhelming and seemingly impossible. The Psalmist spoke of such times, speaking of the affliction he encountered (Psalm 119:107) and how the wicked had laid snares before him (Psalm 119:110). This is why God’s word had to play such a pivotal role in his life, lighting the path on which he walked, enabling him to make the journey safely.
The Christian journey, much like the psalmist, is one where affliction is, at times, present, and snares are often laid before us. As disciples, we also need to be resolved in our approach to such times. The psalmist pens these powerful words, “I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep your righteous judgments . . . Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever . . . I have inclined my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the very end.” (Psalm 119:106, 111-112) It is with such conviction that God’s word can be a lamp to my feet, ensuring each step to be in step with Him.