“Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130).
This week we’ve explored the nature and powerful influence of spiritual light. But where do we obtain this light? Quite clearly, we get it from God’s Word. While in the world, we come into contact with many defiling elements that tempt us. In our humanness, we fail. We need to confess these sins before God, and then soak our souls in his Word. The Word works as a cleansing agent (Ephesians 5:26; Psalm 119:9). Many of us have memorized this verse:
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
Clearly God’s Word restores our spiritual sight, and dispels the darkness. Jesus said we would acquire dirt and grime on our feet as we walk through this world. Of course, He referred to spiritual dirt. Taking on this dirt requires us to renew our hearts and minds with His Word. The Word then provides light, or spiritual sight, to give us truth and wisdom as we travel through spiritually dark regions.
How can we profit from the Word?
1. Read it devotionally.
Some people simply store up biblical facts in their heads thinking that will somehow help them. But God works through both the mind and heart. As we read, we should pray, asking God to perform His work in our lives.
2. Read it carefully.
Some treat Bible reading as a horse race, or an obligatory duty. But since the Bible speaks to us, we should carefully ponder its truths, taking the time to note details, such as the audience, writers and themes. If we just skim in order to get in a reading, we can miss crucial details that would otherwise help us spiritually.
3. Read it regularly.
Each Christian should develop a Bible reading schedule that works for them, and then follow it. We should not suppose that a routine will enslave us or tie us to a chain. A solid routine will help us keep commitments and keep us in the Word.
God provided for us His Word to light our way through a dark world. We should eagerly take in His Word and then shine our lights wherever we go. In so doing, we will bless others who also need some relief from the darkness around them.
Posted on Fri, December 23, 2016
by Sam Petitfils