We picked our way down a narrow footpath,
the golden beam of the flashlight bobbing ahead of us a few paces.
It illuminated the dirt path just enough for me to take my next few steps and catch the glint of critters’ eyes in the underbrush.
I focused my attention on the footfall of my guide and tightly clutched my yellow flashlight,
for it was my lifeline, lighting my path through the dark woods.
I stepped carefully forward on the path before me and recalled the words of the psalmist:
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
God’s word is a lamp, just like my trusty flashlight. It lights my path enough for the next few steps.
Why would God hand me a flashlight rather than a floodlight?
It would certainly be easier for me if He emailed me a list each day, or handed me a portfolio for the year to come.
But suppose the Almighty God valued relationship
over facts, “to do lists”, and manufactured obedience?
Suppose what He wanted most was for our hearts to trust His?
Trust is developed through relationship.
Deeper relationship is developed through deeper trust.
A floodlight would illuminate the pathway, making it simple to get from “Point A” to “Point B”.
It would be efficient, would require very little trust, and very little relationship.
A flashlight, however, requires both trust and relationship.
To stay on track, flashlight in hand, I must stay close to my guide and follow the light.
I stay close to my guide, carefully watching His footfall, listening to His breathing and for the sound of His voice; we begin walking in rhythm without even trying.
We begin enjoying the journey together.
Whether your journey today is dark and ominous or carefree and delightful,
God’s Word is the intended light for our path.
As we Pause from our regular rhythm of Journey Studies at Gracefully Truthful,
we invite you pause with us.
Linger with His Word.
Readjust your eyes to His light and re-center the trajectory of your everyday life and relationships
to the gentle cadence of His whispers.
When we bare our souls, wrestle with truth and its application to our real-life situations,
something holy and beautiful is born,
and we learn how to follow the light.
Yes, trust, Sisters.
Even when we hear nothing but the crunch of His footfall and steady rhythm of His holy breath.
Yes, trust, Sisters.
Even when we see nothing but the golden glow of truth illuminating the path
and His silhouette proceeding, beckoning us onward.
We step forward in faith to follow the light.
As we do, we will find ourselves falling into His rhythm and gasping in awe
as we share the coolness of the night with the Ancient of Days.
Light is here!
1) Read Psalm 119:97-105 and Psalm 119:27-59 and answer these 3 questions in your journal:
a) What do these verses tell me about God and His character?
b) What do these verses tell me about others and the world around me?
c) What do these verses tell me about me and my heart?
2) Close your time by praying for these truths to take root in your heart and for the Holy Spirit to remind you and teach you more about these things today.
How I love your instruction!
It is my meditation all day long.
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies,
for they are always with me.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers
because your decrees are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the elders
because I obey your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path
to follow your word.
102 I have not turned from your judgments,
for you yourself have instructed me.
103 How sweet your word is to my taste—
sweeter than honey in my mouth.
104 I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every false way.
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet
and a light on my path.
Help me understand
the meaning of your precepts
so that I can meditate on your wonders.
28 I am weary from grief;
strengthen me through your word.
29 Keep me from the way of deceit
and graciously give me your instruction.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set your ordinances before me.
31 I cling to your decrees;
Lord, do not put me to shame.
32 I pursue the way of your commands,
for you broaden my understanding.
33 Teach me, Lord, the meaning of your statutes,
and I will always keep them.
34 Help me understand your instruction,
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart.
35 Help me stay on the path of your commands,
for I take pleasure in it.
36 Turn my heart to your decrees
and not to dishonest profit.
37 Turn my eyes
from looking at what is worthless;
give me life in your ways.
38 Confirm what you said to your servant,
for it produces reverence for you.
39 Turn away the disgrace I dread;
indeed, your judgments are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!
Give me life through your righteousness.
41 Let your faithful love come to me, Lord,
your salvation, as you promised.
42 Then I can answer the one who taunts me,
for I trust in your word.
43 Never take the word of truth from my mouth,
for I hope in your judgments.
44 I will always obey your instruction,
forever and ever.
45 I will walk freely in an open place
because I study your precepts.
46 I will speak of your decrees before kings
and not be ashamed.
47 I delight in your commands,
which I love.
48 I will lift up my hands to your commands,
which I love,
and will meditate on your statutes.
49 Remember your word to your servant;
you have given me hope through it.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction:
Your promise has given me life.
51 The arrogant constantly ridicule me,
but I do not turn away from your instruction.
52 Lord, I remember your judgments from long ago
and find comfort.
53 Rage seizes me because of the wicked
who reject your instruction.
54 Your statutes are the theme of my song
during my earthly life.
55 Lord, I remember your name in the night,
and I obey your instruction.
56 This is my practice:
I obey your precepts.
57 The Lord is my portion;
I have promised to keep your words.
58 I have sought your favor with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 I thought about my ways
and turned my steps back to your decrees.
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