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A Light on My Path

Date: September 26, 2023

I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional. 

B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share

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B - Bible Verse: "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." Psalm 119:105

L - Listen for God's Word and pray:  Dear Lord, as I meditate on this verse, I'm reminded of the guidance and illumination Your Word provides. Open my heart to receive Your wisdom and direction, so I can walk closely with You. In Your light, I find my way. Amen.

E - Explore the History and Meaning: This verse is part of Psalm 119, which is the longest chapter in the Bible. It's an acrostic poem, with each section beginning with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The author of this Psalm is traditionally believed to be King David, expressing his deep love and reverence for God's Word.  "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." These words beautifully convey the idea that God's Word serves as a guide for our journey through life. Just as a lamp lights up a dark path, God's Word illuminates the way for us. It shows us the right choices, offers wisdom in times of uncertainty, and reveals God's character and His will for us.

S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:

"Your word": Refers to the Scriptures, the Word of God.

"Lamp for my feet": Describes how God's Word provides immediate guidance, showing us where to step in our daily walk.

"Light on my path": Emphasizes that God's Word not only guides our immediate steps but also lights up the broader journey of our lives.

"Path": Represents the course of our life's journey.

The significance of this verse lies in the idea that God's Word is not just a distant source of wisdom; it's an intimate guide, helping us navigate the details of our daily lives and providing overarching direction for our entire life journey.

S - Summarize and Share: 

As I think about this verse, I can't help but reflect on the times when my life's path seemed uncertain, and I felt like I was stumbling in the dark. There have been moments when I faced important decisions, wondering which direction to take or how to navigate a challenging situation. Maybe you've experienced similar moments of doubt and confusion.

In those times, turning to God's Word has been like finding a guiding light in the darkness. It's provided clarity and assurance when I needed it most. It's like having a trusted friend by your side, helping you take each step with confidence.

When I travel to Peru on mission trips, one of the things we always end up doing is taking a night hike through the Amazon Jungle. Of course, we have our guide, Armando with us and he’s carrying this huge flashlight, and we each have our own flashlights as well.  But in the middle of the Amazon, if you turn those lights off, except for the stars, it is pitch black. 

So imagine you’re on this night hike through unfamiliar terrain. The darkness surrounds you, and the path ahead is unclear. Then, you switch on a powerful flashlight, and suddenly, everything changes. The obstacles become visible, the path is illuminated, and you can move forward with assurance. That's what God's Word does for us in life's darkest moments.

This verse speaks to the immediate and profound impact of God's Word on our everyday journey. It's not just theoretical wisdom; it's practical guidance. It's not just ancient advice; it's a present-day light. It's not just for the spiritual mountaintops; it's for the valleys and the winding roads where we often find ourselves.

I encourage you to hold onto this truth: God's Word is your guiding light. When you're unsure which step to take, when challenges seem insurmountable, when the way forward is unclear, open your Bible. Seek His guidance in prayer. Let His Word shine on your path. And just like that powerful flashlight on a dark night, you'll find that His Word brings clarity, purpose, and peace to your journey. Trust in His guidance, and you'll never walk in darkness.

Now, here's a question for you: Can you recall a specific moment when God's Word provided guidance and clarity in a difficult situation in your life? What impact did it have on your decision or your perspective?

4 Bible Cross References:

Proverbs 6:23 - "For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life."

Psalm 119:130 - "The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple."

John 8:12 - "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."

Psalm 119:11 - "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

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