January 04, 2013

Road Map for Our Journey

Psalm 119:105-112

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
—Psalm 119:105


A year ago this month the cover of Time magazine announced a “User’s Guide: Essential Info for the Year Ahead.” The cover story was intended “to offer a road map for the next 12 months.” It pointed to some of the major happenings of the past year, and it gave suggestions on how to avoid pitfalls.

According to Psalm 119, you and I have been given a road map and a user’s guide for the coming year as well: the Word of God. It offers some of the most essential information—not just for the year ahead, but also for all of life. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Without the Word of God, we would stumble around in darkness.

God’s Word, the Bible, points us to “the Word” (Jesus) who “became flesh” (John 1:14), but it also tells us how God, our Maker, wants us to live. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Paul reminds us that “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” so that you and I “may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

We need to learn to read the Bible not merely for daily devotions but also as God’s road map for our lives. God does not leave us to stumble around in darkness. Turn to God’s Word every day, because it is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path.

Lord, our God, thank you for your Word. Compel us to read it so that we may walk in the light of our Lord Jesus. In his name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Arthur J. Schoonveld

Rev. Art Schoonveld is a retired minister in the Christian Reformed Church. Before retiring in 2001, he served churches in California, Illinois, and Michigan. Since his retirement he has worked part-time for the denomination and has served as an interim pastor. Art and his wife, Anita, have four children and nine grandchildren.

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