Psalm 119:105 – “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
This is a verse most of us have heard ever since we were in children’s church. But have you ever stopped to consider what this verse means? If God’s Word is a book, how can it also be a light or lamp? Why does the Bible have to put things in such odd terms sometimes?
I need you to pull up some memories of English class for a moment; hopefully, it won’t be too painful. I know you don’t want to hear this, but paying attention in English class can help you out a lot with understanding the Bible! Remember talking about metaphors? The verse above has two of them. A metaphor happens when an author refers to a certain thing as something else in order to tell you more about it.
That’s what’s going on in this verse. The psalmist tells us that God’s Word is a lamp and a light because he wants us to know what God’s Word is like. Have you ever gone camping out in the woods where there are no lights around? It gets really, really dark, and it is almost impossible to see where you are going–unless you have a flashlight! When you turn on that flashlight, suddenly you can see where you are walking. You are less likely to trip on something hidden by darkness, and it is much easier to stay on the path and not get lost. Thank goodness for flashlights, right?
God’s Word is just like a flashlight on a dark night in the middle of the forest. When life gets confusing, and you feel like you have no idea where you are or where to go, don’t keep stumbling around in the darkness. Go to God’s Word; just like a flashlight, it will point you in the right direction. It will open your eyes to the things around you that are hiding, waiting to trip you up or lead you down the wrong path. Your Bible may never literally shine when you open it up, but you better believe it will give you guidance and direction.
God wants you to read His Word every day so He can help you out and show you where to go. He wants to be your flashlight in this dark, confusing world. Let Him guide you and keep you from stumbling over hidden things. All you have to do is read His Word–it’s as easy as flipping on a flashlight.