Have you ever been someplace dark? Or worse, lost in the dark?
It could be in the woods, in a warehouse, or even a cave. In those moments, the only thing one would care about, is finding a light source. Without light, it becomes very easy to stumble and lose the way. Choosing a huge flashlight or flood lamp would make most sense. It’s comforting to be able to see everything and anything that is going on.
However, I noticed a very particular word choice in Psalm 119, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (119:105 NIV). While this verse has been a great comfort to believers over the years, this passage hit me in a less comforting way. Notice how the psalmist did not say that this light was a “lamp to the entire path,” or even “for ten feet out or so.”
No, this lamp was only for the feet. In other words, God’s guidance does not reveal the entire path to show what will come, but just for the next step ahead. This way, we learn to trust Him through this path that He’s using to lead us home.
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