Yesterday I gave one reason why the study of God's Word should be a part of our every day lives. For some of us, this is a drum we've heard pounded so many times from the pulpit that it no longer makes any sound. May these scriptures become "noisy" again so that we hear and obey.
God's Word is Light
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105, ESV)
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. (Psalm 119:130, ESV)
When we purchased our house, there were no working lights in the garage. Not a big deal during the day time, however slightly more frustrating at night or in the wee hours of the morning when I want to go out there and run on the treadmill. Add to the mix that we park our cars in the garage (novel idea, I know) and that young children occasionally leave toys and tools amiss and my unlit treks to exercise can be quite treacherous (I know, there's such a thing as flashlights, but I'm cheap about batteries).
It is in those times that I greatly appreciate light. It helps me find my way. Without it I am lost and occasionally find myself in danger (of bruised shins). In the same way, God's message, the Bible, provides light to the daily paths we travel. We face so much during the course of the day that we need guidance with, we often don't realize it.
· Discipline issues with the kids
· Disagreeing with your spouse on how to discipline them
· Conflicts with a coworker
· How to spend your income tax refund
· How to reach out to a hurting relative
· Struggling with depression
These are just a few very random but very real issues you may have encountered even today. The Bible will not give us the answer to every single decision we need to make (though it sometimes gives very specific answers), but its principles will guide us for these and other circumstances we come across. But, to state the obvious, if we don't bother looking for the answers, we won't have them. Regular Bible study will illuminate important principles and give you crucial wisdom to handle life. God does not intend for us to find the way by ourselves. His truth was specifically given so that we might find the way.
And just as a little light in my garage will keep my from taking an unexpected ride on a carelessly placed skateboard, so too does God's Word keep us from danger. We our path is illuminated with his Word, we can avoid the disastrous pitfalls of sin and temptation.
So do yourself a favor and turn on the lights. Open God's Word today!