A light unto our path
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again: I will obey your righteous regulations. Psalm 119:105-106
We live in a dark, perplexing world that offers us many paths. If we are careless about the paths we choose, we invite misery and ruin. The Word of God provides the direction we need. It is like a light shining in a dark place. During biblical times, light is always a precious commodity. Olive oil lamps were often the main source of light for people. It was important that people acquire oil lamps travelling in the dark or at night for travel was tense because of the danger lurking on the road. Though the light produced by the lamp flickers but it was enough for the traveler to see the next step. It took great effort to provide illumination in the ancient times. To use an oil lamp, wicks had to be trimmed and oil placed in the reservoir to enable light to shine. In many countries today, the easy access to light is often taken for granted. God took a great deal of trouble to show that His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He had to go through suffering, death on the cross and on the third day to rise again from the dead so He could shine His light in this darkened world. His light brought great hope to all who are afflicted. Christ promised those that placed their trust in Him; “If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12). Do not take for granted what Christ had accomplished on our behalf. His Word was given to us to provide us enough light to see far enough to take the next step. Do not wait for the time that you are so deep in your crisis and trouble to decide to consult God’s word. God does not want us to fumble and grapple during times of trials but instead He wants us to gain wisdom that will help us face the challenges of life. “You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).
Noel De Guzman