I went for a walk with a friend of mine at night. She was walking behind me, and it was already dark. I was the only one with a flashlight. I had to be strategic and intentional with the light. I had to make sure I had light behind me for her to see where to go, light on the very step I was taking to see where I was, and light in front of me to see where we were headed. This walk is a beautiful picture of God’s Word in practical operation in our lives. In Genesis 1:3, the first time God speaks in the Bible, He says, “Let there be light.” Immediately there was light at the command of His Word. Through daily reading and study of His Word, we can hear this command echo as we apply Scripture to our lives.
God’s Word is like the flashlight I was holding. As we walk through life, His Word is the light wherever we go. The Psalmist proclaims in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Through this short verse, we see that God’s Word shines light into every part of our lives and leads us to follow His direction as we learn in the process.
God’s Word Is a Lamp for Our Present Circumstances
Just as the light shined on the present step I was taking, we let there be light in our present lives by reading God’s Word daily and remaining rooted and grounded in His Word. As Christians, it is vital to read the Bible daily. We need Christ to give us light for every step we take in life. Letting there be light on our present brings us to God’s Word every day to be transformed by the renewing of our mind as Romans 12:2 instructs. We don’t conform to the world by remaining in darkness and wandering around without purpose. We live in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7). By consistently reading and believing His Word, we expose darkness and sin and get to live in His light and truth instead. Walking in the light also allows us to produce fruit. Fruit requires light, and as we abide in God’s Word as John 15:4 explains, we get to be productive Christians. Just like the light on my step kept me safe and allowed me to walk fearlessly and confidently, reading God’s Word daily gives us confidence and encouragement. Hebrews 3:13 tells us when we hear God’s Word to encourage one another every day to keep each other from being hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Reading God’s Word every day not only keeps us safe in the moment, but it also gives us the light we need to encourage others.
God’s Word Is Light for Our Past and Future Paths
As we explore God’s Word, He shines light on our past. Scripture shows us where we have made mistakes and how Christ has the power to redeem every step we have ever taken in the wrong direction. God’s precepts allow us to agree with Him and say, “let there be light on my past.” We do not have to be afraid to bring all of our struggles and sins from the past to Him. Romans 3:23-24 teach us that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, but Jesus came to set us free from the penalty of the sins of our past. Even if it seems scary or shameful to allow His Word to shine light on our past, we are free to come to Him and allow His Word to illuminate and erase the darkness that we lived in before Jesus entered our lives or when we struggle with sin as Christians. Psalm 34:5 tells us that those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces are never covered in shame. The instant we look to Him, His Word shines light on our past and makes even our faces radiant. When this happens, it also shows light to others to be able to walk in our footsteps. We let them see the transformational power of God’s Word by being transparent with how He has changed our past. This gives light to their steps, the way my friend could see in the dark because of the light I was shining behind me.
To walk in the dark requires light in front of you and anyone who may be following you. As Christians, we have eternal light in our future through God’s Word. John 14:1 promises us that Jesus is preparing a glorious place for us and that our hearts do not have to troubled. Letting the light of God’s Word shine on our future gives us peace in knowing that even if we have troubles and difficulties, the joy that is coming is greater than any trouble we face now. Thinking of our future through the light of God’s Word allows us fearless hope as we trust that we are valuable to Him and that He will always abundantly provide for all of our needs (Luke 12:7). We can also be assured from Romans 8:28 that He will make everything in our future work together for our good as we continue to live in the light of His Word.
Every word in the Bible is valuable and can shine remarkable light in your life on your past, present, and future. Scripture will always be a lamp for your present circumstances and a light for your past and future paths. Do you read the Bible daily and allow the light of God’s Word to shine on you, in you, and through you to lead others to His eternal hope? Sometimes all it takes is one walk in the dark for us to recognize the desperate need that we have for His Word to shed light on our steps.
Dear God, we thank you for Your Word. Your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. God, today we ask that You would let there be light on our past, our present, and our future through Your eternal Word. Bless us and keep us, make Your light shine on us and be gracious unto us, now and forevermore. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.