Light For The Path

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
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Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (NLT)

Camping in the mountains without light for the path can be disastrous.

When my brother, my children, and I backpacked in the mountains, we wanted our packs to be as light as possible. But a flashlight wasn't one of the things that I chose to omit. Additionally, I'd carry extra batteries — especially if we were camping in the winter months. Flashlights came in handy when preparing a meal before daylight, making a bathroom trip during the night, looking for something in my tent, and reading before I fell asleep. Camping in the mountains without some type of light would have been unthinkable.

My life path is just as tenuous, or more so, as the dark paths that I've walked in the mountains or the campsites that I've fumbled around in after dark. Without a light, I could stumble over roots, fall, and injure a body part. Trying to find my Bible in a dark tent isn't fun, either. Nor is trying to fix a stuck zipper on my sleeping bag or cooking supper during the winter months.

I sometimes feel like I'm fumbling around in the dark in life. Darkness descends when a family member dies, when a trusted friend betrays us, or when a spouse walks out the door never to return. Darkness happens when the boss delivers the pink slip, when the doctor delivers bad news, or when the professor stamps C in our grade slot when we tried so hard for an A. Darkness surrounds us when depression sets in and happiness steps out.

Whatever the darkness, God's Word provides a lamp for our way, shining brightly so that we can determine where we need to step to avoid falling and injuring ourselves. It will shine the light of peace on our troubled situations and illuminate happiness where sadness has settled. God's Word reminds us Who's in control, that life does have meaning, and that a vibrant relationship with Christ is the way to experience peace in spite of our circumstances.

What are you using to light your path?

Prayer: Father, may we trust You to guide us along the dark paths of life. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you, Martin.

    Amen Martin. Your word is as a lamp to my feet!
    Have a good day walking in the light.

    Good morning, Martin.
    Enjoyed your devotional this morning.

    Thank you, Martin, for another of your very mindful devotionals. Following the “light” of Jesus is truly the best route to follow. Blessings.

    Thanks for the reminder. I needed that because I am so broken over the death of my beloved son. I know he is safe in the arms of Jesus, but my heart still aches.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us! There’s few places quite so dark as a campsite in a wilderness place. Only darker place is a cave without any light. Blessings.

    I’m always amazed at how bright one little light seems in the darkness of a starless night. Thank you for writing that stirs memories and starts my day with a smile. We never walk alone in the light of Jesus.

    Thank you Martin, how wonderful you can go camping in all seasons and see the beauty and wonder of the mountains. And thank you for this very encouraging devotional.

    Good morning, Martin,
    Wow, this a fantastic way to express what is exactly it works!!! A vibrant relationship with Jesus is the way for peace in our lives!!! Yes, that word vibrant jumped in my heart when I was reading your devotional today.
    God bless.

    Martin, thank you for your enlightening words. Over the years I have come to realize that Faith is my number one. I need to walk in faith, but I also need a light to guide me in the right Way to the Father and that is where I need prayer and His Word.
    I have always known of the presence of God and have experienced His presence in a profound way, twice in my younger years, but my walk with Him really began when over thirty years ago I invited Him into my life and surrender my all.
    Praise by to our Lord and Saviour Jesus the Christ.
    Thank you and God bless you.

    Amen Bro! Blessings.

    Thanks, Martin. We talk about this constantly in our ladies Bible study — how to let turn to God’s Word constantly for guidance.

    I like to think of the Bible as lines on the highway to tell me where I am exactly and how to arrive safely at my Destination.
    Also loving the Word of God.

    Martin, a good word today, as usual. Challenging and helpful. Thanks

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