27th June 2020
a lamp to my feet and a light to my path
Psalm 107:20 says
He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
God gave us His Word for our benefit,
yet so many Christians ignore it to their detriment.
I would like to share with you a story I came across this morning,
it is apocryphal but it illustrates this point so well.
A new minister to the area went to visit an elderly woman in her parish.
She found her living in a dilapidated house, struggling in poverty.
The woman told the minister her story;
twenty years earlier she had been the housekeeper for the wealthiest woman in town.
But the woman had died, so the housekeeper had moved into her present house.
As the minister listened to the woman telling her story
she looked around and noticed a framed document on the wall.
She went over and looked at it, then asked,
'Do you mind if I borrow this for a few days?'
The woman replied,' Well, you can borrow it but please bring it back.
Although I cannot read it is very precious to me.
It is the only thing my mistress left me when she died.
It reminds me of her so make sure you bring it back.'
The minister took it and had it investigated and authenticated.
It was the will of the woman who died, and in the will,
she had left her housekeeper a fortune.
The housekeeper could have been living in luxury
all those years instead of struggling in poverty.
This woman reminds me of many Christians;
they many have one, or a dozen, Bibles in their homes,
they admire them because they remind them of God;
but the Bibles remain gathering dust on the shelf because they are not read.
When we take time to delve into our Bibles,
we can find the rich inheritance that belongs to all believers.
'Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,' Psalm 119:105
In our lives, we greatly depend on electricity to light up our homes,
businesses and streets.
But, if we are suddenly without electricity,
we instantly realise how much we need it!
If the power goes out,
we immediately call for those in charge of the power source.
The first thing we need is light!
In the same way, in the spiritual realm,
God is our power source, and His written Word is our light,
to give us direction and guidance throughout our entire lifetime!
We urgently, regularly need the Light of God's Word! -
so that we can live in harmony with him,
with ourselves, and with others.
God's Word is not only a light to our path,
it is our guidebook for life, food for our spirit,
our strength and refuge in times of trouble.
Let us cherish God's Word.