FINDING THE WAY

By Eddie Hedges

Can you recall the darkest place you have ever been? When our children were young, we took a family outing to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. The tour guide took us to a place deep into the cavern and then turned out the lights. I must admit, it was kind of scary. There have been times since then that I thought how it would be if the lights didn’t come back on. How would we be able to find the path back to the surface?

With that thought in mind, let’s look at Psalms 119:105 KJV, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” This is one of those verses of Scripture that I have read many times and always thought about how God gives us guidance and direction so we can make wise decisions. But, I would like to take that thought and expand on it somewhat. God loves us and He wants us to have and live an abundant life. Jesus says in John 10:10 KJV, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” God’s Word, the Holy Bible, is filled with God’s instructions and guidance on how we can live life on this earth and live it more abundantly. To the fullest, if you will. His word is truly a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path. God gives us guidance in all areas of life. It lights the way and directs our path in life.

For example, have you ever studied the Ten Commandments and questioned why God gave them? Is He trying to restrict our life or enhance our life? If you look at each Commandment in depth you will find God is trying to protect us. If you violate any one of them, do you have inner peace or inner turmoil? Are you constantly trying to cover up your sin? If it was good for you, why would you not do it in the open and before others? Instead we try to hide and cover up our sin. God is actually trying to enhance your life. He is shining light on your path as well as warning us of danger if we stray and do not obey His guidance. Proverbs 3:18-19 NIV, “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness, they do not know what makes them stumble.”

Consider also how God tells us how to relate to our fellow man. How many verses of Scripture and Parables does God give us in the Bible where He tells us to take care of each other? He wants us to build up and not to tear down. This applies to any type of relationship. God wants us to make the lives of others better. A quote that I love from Leadership expert, John Maxwell is “Your candle loses nothing when it lights another.” I believe we, in fact, gain when we “light” another person’s life. And it often compounds and grows as they share and add to another person. Proverbs 11:23-25 NIV, “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper, he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” How awesome is this principle? We lose nothing when we help others with our time, talent, and resources.

The Bible is full of Scripture relating to money and finance, parenting, marital relationships, work and work ethic and so much more. God, through the Scriptures, teaches us how to deal with stress and the trials and tribulations we face in life.

Are not all of these life issues that God addresses in His Word? Psalms 119:89 NIV, “Your word, O Lord, is eternal, it stands firm in the heavens.”

God also tells us how to gain eternal life with Him in Heaven, through faith in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus says in John 14:6 KJV, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by me.” This is further supported in Romans 10:9 KJV, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

God gives us another special thought considering Psalms 119:105 and Jesus as our Redeemer and Savior. Let’s look at two parts of the verse and how it relates to Jesus. Consider, if you will, the words “Thy word” and “the light”. John 1:1 KJV, reads “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Further in that Chapter in verse 14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.” The Word is Jesus. Then in John 8:12 KJV, we find “Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world, he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Look closely at how God ties this together with Psalms 119:105. Thy word is Jesus and He is the light showing us how to live life to the fullest. To me, this is amazing how God weaves His Scripture together, explaining His guidance for our benefit and protection.

God loves us so much that He tells us in His Holy Bible how we can live an abundant life. He is truly giving light to our path and a lamp to our feet. Search the Scriptures for yourself and may you be blessed as you are blessing others.