Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Light for Your Heart and Path
What good will a light do if you refuse to open your eyes?
God calls his Word a “lamp to my feet” and “a light for my path.” Does God’s light do us much good if we’re vigorously squeezing our eyes and hearts shut?
In his Word—the Bible—God tells us what to do and not do. Does the light of his commands do us much good if we don’t love our neighbor as ourselves? We are mean to others. We lie. We fail to help when we could and should. God tells us to do good and love others, and we shut our eyes to his light.
In his Word—the Bible—God gives us great promises. Does the light of his promises do us much good if we don’t trust him? God promises us his forgiveness, care, wisdom, and love. Yet, we continue to carry our guilt and shame. We think we are the only ones taking care of us. We doubt God’s love in what he allows into our lives. We hear God’s promises and think, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
One of the truly awesome purposes of the Bible is that God’s Word is much more than a light that shines. The Holy Spirit works through the Word to open the eyes of the spiritually blind—people like you and me! The Spirit of God shines his light—his Word—in our souls, hearts, and minds. The light, God’s Word, creates faith. The Holy Spirit turns the light in our hearts brighter and brighter, so that we more closely follow God’s commands and more deeply trust his promises.
The apostle Paul, a follower of Jesus and missionary, wrote to some new Christians: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18-19).
Read, learn, and meditate on God’s Word. May the Holy Spirit make his light shine brighter and brighter in our hearts and on our paths.
Holy Spirit, you give me such a precious gift—your Word. Forgive me for failing to see and trust it as the light and treasure that it is. Work powerfully through your Word. Shine your light in my heart and on my path. Amen.