Psalm 119:105 – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
I have often thought of the Word of God as a safety net, and as the verse above says, God’s word truly is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. The Bible provides light for our journey through the darkness of this world and has boundaries of safety within which we live and walk. When we walk according to God’s word, we are safe from being deceived, from being led astray, from being fooled and ripped off and made merchandise of by the enemy. The Bible contains the laws of God, and these laws are good for us to live. Laws can seem stuffy and stifling to us. After all, laws are made to be broken aren’t they? Is God just a spoil sport party pooper who doesn’t let us do any fun stuff? But to say this is ridiculous, and couldn’t be further from the truth. That we can think like that shows just how deceived we can be. There is safety in God’s commandments, laws, statutes, judgements, precepts. They are good for us. Yes, we cannot hope to live up to these, and living according to them as best we can does not even begin to earn or merit us salvation. But as a Christian, as a sinner saved by the grace of God through faith, as a born again believer, these laws suddenly become our delight and not our damnation. We do them because we love God. Jesus said, If ye love me, keep my commandments. The Bible says that the pleasures of sin only last for a season, but the end of them is death. But in Psalms, God says that in him are pleasures evermore. Do you want selfish temporary false pleasure, or true sincere Biblical eternal pleasure? When I or you look back at our lives and see the sins which we have committed, ask yourself, were they worth it? Did they not destroy our lives? Did they not destroy our souls? Did they not scar us and those around us? In Hosea, God says, O Israel, thou has destroyed thyself but in me is thy help. When we live our life apart from God, according to our selfish will, our lusts, our pride, we systematically destroy ourselves. Because we are ultimately serving the devil. Even if we think we are just serving ourselves, serving ourselves is really serving the devil, because he is the father of all unbelievers, the father of lies, the murderer from the beginning. Every person who has lived and lives either serves God or the devil. There is no other option, no other choice, no option c and d.
God’s word is a lamp and a light to us, those who are saved. His word provides safety, it is our immovable, indestructible rock upon which our faith is based. His word is the more sure word of prophecy. We can trust it, depend our lives upon it. The Bible tells us to commit our souls unto him, as unto a faithful Creator. God’s word is my lamp and light. It is the only sure thing in my life. It is infinitely more reliable, trustworthy, sure, light and life giving than anything emotions, feelings, sensations, and experiences can afford. It is available for everyone, God’s word is not shrouded in secrecy, not given to a chosen few, it is universally available for all. We are all without excuse. God’s word saves us. God’s word guides us. This is a dark world full of deception, deceit, lies. Peter said in his second epistle, For we have not followed cunningly devised fables. If you look anywhere other than God’s word for guidance, for light, you will leave yourself wide open to deception and delusion. God’s word is our safety. And there is safety within laws and boundaries. Say your parents told you as a child not to hop into a car with a stranger, your safety would be increased by hearing and obeying it. Hearing is not enough, you must obey the word of God, this is what delineates between a hearer and a doer of the word. In the same way, head belief and heart belief are worlds apart. The devils believe and tremble, make sure that your belief is a belief that receives what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for you. It is not enough to merely believe that he was a good man and that he existed. You must receive what he has done for you personally, you must receive the gospel, that life saving gospel, that light giving gospel, through repentance and faith, through a humble broken heart. As your parent’s laws protect you and guide you into safety, so God as our spiritual father when we are saved provides us with laws within which to live, which afford us a safe and peaceable life. He is called the Father, and he is the perfect father, if you had a good or bad earthly father, how much infinitely better is our perfect holy heavenly Father? God is the spiritual father of all believers. The Bible says his commandments are not grievous. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not commit adultery. These are good laws. How many problems in this world are from simply disobeying such laws? We have great calamity, grief, suffering, ruin in our lives because of our sin. Sin is transgressing the law of God, something we are all guilty of, before and after we are saved. We are all sinners equally. But do you have a Saviour? Or are you without a Saviour? Jesus is our Saviour, I received him as my Saviour because I have broken his laws, I am a sinner, guilty before a holy God. But Jesus died in my place, and he lives, and therefore I live, because he is in me, and I in him, because I have been born again of the Spirit of God by simply believing and receiving what he has done for me.
God’s word is our safety. You will be safe as a believer if you do not stray from the security of his word. Without his world we are wide open to the devil, and we have no chance of seeing through and defeating his constant and cunning bombardment of lies, deceit and delusion. The Spirit of God works in perfect harmony with God’s word. The Holy Spirit inspired, authored and preserved his word. They do not work separate from each other. God’s word is our safety against being deceived by a false spirit, even a spirit masquerading as the holy spirit. This is why you must know that you have the very words of God in your hands when you are reading. If you cannot say this, maybe you should check out what you are reading. God’s word is designed to build our faith, it is what our faith is based upon. Your faith should not be based on spiritual experiences, encounters and warm fuzzy feel good feelings. This is very dangerous, and you will be easily exploited by the forces of darkness. The Bible says that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. Are you fighting your enemy without your sword?
If you are unsaved the Bible says in Proverbs 4:19 that The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. You will wander in darkness to your hopeless eternal destiny. It doesn’t have to be this way, but many choose this way because they prefer darkness to light, because their deeds are evil, as John 3 says. Do you have a heart that will receive God’s word? Or do you have a hard heart that will resist, and block that life saving message of the gospel? If you are saved, have you strayed from the safety of the word of God? Are you living in Proverbs 2:13 – Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness? Are you saved, but wandering in darkness? The Bible says there is no light in us. We do not have light in and of ourself. Jesus is our light. Jesus said in John 11:10 – But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. This world is spiritually night, and it is high time to awake out of our sleep. Get into God’s word, the word which washes and cleanses us. The word which ministers to our faith, which builds our relationship with God. God’s word truly is our safety in the darkness. Do not stray from it. This is why in 1 John it talks about keeping God’s word and commandments. This does not only mean keep as in obey his commandments. We have to KEEP them, as in the possessive form of the word. God’s word is a valuable possession for us, keep it, do not let someone take it from you, or deceive you into surrendering it. God’s word is my safety, it is a lamp unto my feet and a lamp unto my path.