Book: Proverbs 6
“For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life.”
Since traveling with a large family of nine children is a great challenge and expensive, my parents chose to instead lease waterfront property with a cabin on it for holidays. As a family we enjoyed sitting around a campfire on the beach, sometimes looking out for shooting stars but also enjoying roasted to perfection marshmallows. Gradually the fire would burn down and it was time to follow the path back to the cabin up on the hill. Once we moved away from the fire, you could not see the path that led to the stairs leading up to the cabin. You needed a flashlight to guide you along the path. Now there were times when one of us kids tried to do it without a light but quickly found ourselves either in the garden patch or in the prickles hollering for help.
God’s Word, His Wisdom, provides illumination for the right path to be on, every step of our life. Following that light keeps us safe in the present and leads to an incredible future He has prepared for us.
Do you remember the story of the people of Israel leaving Egypt? God led them by providing a pillar of cloud which turned to a pillar of fire by night. They knew where to go by following the pillar. It also provided protection to them from their enemies. You can read that story in Exodus 13-15.
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” His word reveals, perfect truth, guaranteed direction, and authoritative guidance to those who will receive it. It is for the day as well as the night just like the cloud/fire pillar keeping its followers safe.
Going back to my opening story, imagine if we were going up the path to the cabin at night with a flashlight but we did not have it turned on. What use would it been to us? We need the flashlight turned on, focused on the path in front of us. This is true with God’s word. We need to be using it every moment of our day and night for it to provide what we need. Psalm 1:2 challenges us to meditate on it day and night.