Your word is a lamp for my steps;
it lights the path before me.
Psalm 119:105 The Voice
Imagine yourself in a very dark room. You literally cannot see your hand in front of your face. What’s the first thing you would do? I’d put my hands out and slowly inch my way forward hoping to connect to something that would help me figure out where I was. A visually-impaired person uses a cane to help direct them in their darkness, but it doesn’t help them to see. You could assist by guiding that person. Now they’re relying on you instead of the cane, but it’s still not the same as seeing where they are going.
As I read Psalm 119:105 this morning, I realized, in a dark room, while there are a variety of things I could use to help direct or guide me in the darkness, there’s only one thing that can help me see…. LIGHT!
Turn on the light, and now I can see clearly where I am and what I need to do to navigate in, out or around the room. God’s word is that LIGHT for my life!
We’ve all been in dark places in our lives searching for answers aka searching for light. When we can’t see our way out of a situation, we look for things that can help us. Some of those things have momentary benefits, but a lot of those things only made the situation worse. Does your situation feel like a dark room and the four walls are closing in on you? That’s the BEST time to be still and KNOW that your God is with you and will be a light for you in that situation. God knows EXACTLY what you need and when you need it. The Lord is as reliable as the rising and setting of the sun. You CAN count on him. The outcomes may not happen as you imagined but, I bet in the end, the results will be far better!
I know. It’s hard to wait.
I’m not the most patient person either. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had spiritual temper-tantrums and demanded the Lord do it my way right now! Those were painful lessons to learn, and I’m still learning. There’s nothing we’re going through that is a surprise to God. He sees, He knows, and He cares.
Well, you say, if He sees, and He knows, and He cares, why hasn’t He done something by now?!
I feel you on that. But here’s something to consider. We see things from a very limited human perspective, and the Lord sees it from a divinely larger one. He sees the bigger picture across time and space and people that we can’t see. What seems to be a long and slow process to us is God working all things together for good!
So, where’s the starting point in this process? God’s Word! The Psalmist says it is a lamp to our feet and a light our path. It is the rope to hold on to, a shield to protect you, a blanket to comfort you and the wisdom you need to get through this situation.
Today, no matter what you’re going through, take a deep breath, open the WORD and READ. I promise, there’s an answer in there for you!
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