Monday, March 21, 2011

The Light of Our Path

 This is another devotional that I wrote for our Honduras Team

The Light of Our Path

Read Isaiah 50:4-11

God has given us a light for our paths, the Word recorded by His servants throughout history.  We have been told the things of God; we have been given direction for our steps; we have received truths by which our lives can be lived for the glory of God.  How often do we ponder this?  How often do we look upon the Word of God for daily sustenance and direction?  How often do we look to other things for direction and guidance?
The Word of God is not some magical book that we pick up when we have a decision to make and if we just read the right sentence or look at the right place we will know where to go.  Rather, the Word of God is truth from God’s mouth that if we steep ourselves in it will become the very source of our thoughts, emotions, and decisions.  In Colossians 3 and Romans 12 we are told that we are to set our minds on things above and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  This process occurs as we read and consider the words of Scripture; as we steep ourselves in it daily, so that when a decision comes we don’t even have to think twice.  With our mind transformed by the truths of Scripture we will walk in the way God has set forth for us.  (We should approach the Word of God with the prayer of David in Psalm 86:11-13.)  This is the promise of Isaiah 50:10, if we trust in the name of the Lord our God and obey the word of His servants we will walk in light.
But verse 11 has a stern warning.  When we light our own fires, when we walk in ‘truths’ that we have formed apart from the light of Scripture, when we trust psychology, philosophy, or friends’ opinions that are contrary to the truth of Scripture, we will lie down (whether in life or in death) in torment.  This echoes Isaiah 29:14 which is quoted in 1 Corinthians 1:19-25.  “The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom.”
May you saturate yourself with the wisdom of God found in His Word.

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