“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105).
God’s Word floods our hearts with light – the revelation of His love for us. As we walk in the light of His Word, our lives bring glory to God. And every day we can experience more and more of His love all along our path as we take each step in the light of what He says. Eugene Peterson writes, “We do not know God by defining Him but by being loved by Him and loving in return.”
Some follow other voices and wander off to the right or the left, and then tumble in the ditch of darkness. It reminds me of an old poem I came across a few years ago –
“The Boy and the Fire-flies”
An inexperienced boy, one night
Through lonely paths returning,
Had taken to guide his steps aright,
A lantern brightly burning.
And safe he traveled by its ray,
Until, before him glancing,
He saw, along the doubtful way,
The sparkling fire-flies dancing.
Then he discarded with disdain
His lantern calmly beaming,
To follow this resplendent train,
In fitful radiance gleaming.
But, ere a second step he took,
He found his folly humbled:
The flying lights his path forsook,
And in a ditch he tumbled.
Then bitter anger he expressed
Against these guides beguiling;
Who thus the simple boy addressed:
“Nay, cease this vain reviling!
“The blame remains with you alone;
And half the ills men reckon,
Proceed from leaving lights well known,
To follow some false beacon.”
Resolve that you will let your steps be guided and guarded every day by being loved by God, and loving Him in return. For His Word is a lamp unto your feet, and a light unto your path. He will reveal something of Himself to your at every turn, showing you more and more of how great the Father’s love is for you.