Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
When we consider reading God’s word (the Bible) it can seem a daunting task. It is a large book! Add to this, at times the language can be difficult, some of the names are just plain tough to pronounce. However for the Christian, we must not be discouraged from the study and reading of His word. We are to be diligent in our study as Paul wrote to Timothy in (2 Timothy 2:15) “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” With careful examination of the word of God we develop a truthful understanding of our Lord.
We also find purpose and His will for our lives.
His word is to shape and transform us, causing us to live in a way that brings honor to Him as we daily walk in His truth. For the Bible to transform us we must spend time reading His word. There can be no substitution for this time.
In doing so, have you found joy in His word? Have you discovered the peace and comfort found in the Scriptures? Often times as we begin reading the Bible it is out of a sense of obligation. And as mentioned, it is our responsibility as Christians to study His word. But when we push past the obligation, we begin to find the joy. When we read God’s word, we find fellowship with the Lord. We discover peace and comfort in His word that only He can provide. This time becomes one we look forward to in our day and not an obligation.
The Bible is, for the Christian, our sole source of truth.
It is our compass and direction. His word helps us clearly see the steps we are to take. “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105). My prayer is that you will find the joy in His word. Also, that you will begin to look forward to spending time with Him, allowing Him to speak to you daily through the Bible.
Give it a try. Set a habit of daily reading. This may take some planning at first, being disciplined to follow through. However in doing so you will soon discover for yourself the Joy that is found in His Word.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.