May 24, 2014

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.

As long as I’ve had this verse memorized and as many times as I’ve written on it, I thought I’d give it a pass this time, but the Lord just gave me fresh insight. We can have illumination for the way we need to go, but it’s still up to us to step out in the direction that is indicated. The thing is, the Bible illuminates the “straight and narrow,” and all too often we don’t want to go that way. Likewise, sometimes the path indicated is a pretty steep climb, and we just sit there. As James said so famously, we need to do what the Bible tells us, or otherwise we’re just deceiving ourselves. (James 1:22) It’s an interesting phenomenon that once we commit to moving forward God’s direction we discover our way is well lit, however dark it seemed before. As long as we are wavering in our obedience, things seem foggy at best. That may be what David meant when he said, “In your light we see light.” (Psalm 36:9) We have to accept the light God gives and act on it before we get more. Too often we agonize over not being able to see what to do next year, or even next week, when we haven’t done what we can see to do today. God is totally faithful, but we have to walk in trusting obedience if we are to experience the fullness of that faithfulness.

Wow. That’s a strong Word I didn’t expect when I turned to this very familiar passage. People all around me are struggling with this particular issue. I’ve tried to help some of them understand the dynamics involved, but they can be very slow to grasp it. However, I can’t run around pointing fingers. Right now there are things that I have failed to follow through and do, even though I know they are things God wants of me. Excuses don’t cut it! I too have to be faithful to follow the light I am given, so that I may continually walk in more. As John said, if I walk in the light as He is in the light, then I will live the life that He desires for me, which I know is the very best possible. (1 John 1:7) If I am to lead others to walk in the light I need to be doing so myself.

Father, thank You for Your beautiful guidance. Thank You for the physical guidance for the brief trip of the past couple of days. Thank You for the spiritual guidance to do hospital visitation after supper last night. Thank You for the intellectual guidance as Cathy is planning my photo show for August. Thank You for how You have guided Cathy and me over the past 45 years, though I haven’t always been very responsive to that guidance. As we celebrate our anniversary today, may we commit ever more firmly to following Your guidance, in close fellowship with You and with each other, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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