Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
We are like pilgrims who find ourselves alone at night in a dense, dark forest. We are lost and we cannot see the way. We need a light to guide us, a lamp for our feet and a light for our path.
The psalmist cries out: Your word, O Lord, is that lamp. Your word is that light.
The Bible is a light that shines from heaven and reveals who God is and who I am. The Bible tells us what life is all about, how to live life well, how to find joy and peace and contentment. The Bible is a light that shines into the darkness of the world around us and makes sense out of the confusion.
Robert Coles is a psychiatrist at Harvard and the author of more than 80 books. He is a Pulitzer Prize winner and TIME once called him the greatest living psychiatrist. At some point on his pilgrimage, he became a Christ-follower. In an interview with Philip Yancey, Coles described the Bible as a source of light and wisdom:
Nothing I have discovered about the makeup of human beings contradicts in any way what I learn from the Hebrew prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Amos, and from the Book of Ecclesiastes, and from Jesus and the lives of those he touched. Anything I can say as a result of my research into human behavior is a mere footnote to those lives in the Old and New Testament.
If you want wisdom beyond your own,then get into God’s Word.
If you want guidance for a thriving marriage,then get into God’s Word.
If you want practical wisdom for raising kids,then get into God’s Word.
If you want perspective on the trials and sufferings of life,then get into God’s Word.
If you want insight on relationships,then get into God’s Word.
If you want understanding about God and his will for your life,then get into God’s Word.
If you want guidance for all areas of life,then get into God’s Word.
For God’s Word is a lamp for your feet and a light for your path.