105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much;
preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
and teach me your laws.
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
I will not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
to the very end.
What good is the word of God? Does it really deal with the issues we deal with day to day? Isn’t the Bible just a book of interesting ideas that really don’t have anything to do with the life we live today?
The reality is that we are the ones who are limited in our sight and our understanding. Scripture is “God breathed.” That is to say the one who created all things, the one who designed everything, the one who is sovereign over everything is also the one who inspired Scripture. We, you and I, are the ones who are limited in our understanding, not God.
If you have been camping in a context where there is no light, you probably understand the what darkness is. I’m not talking about a camp sight where there is some light, I am talking about camping where there is zero light. Where the sky is overcast and there is no residual light from the moon, but absolute and total darkness. In that context, even a little light gives us comfort and the ability to navigate our surroundings. God’s word is the light that disperses the darkness. God’s word is the light that allows us to step faithfully, to stay on the path, to avoid the pitfalls of wrongdoing.
If this is the case, then our understanding of Scripture becomes essential. Is our mind on the things of this world (money, stability, comfort, etc.) or is it on the things of God? It is easy to focus on the things that meet immediate needs, but our eyes should be upon the things o eternal value. That is where God’s word is vital.
So how do we study God’s word? Start with this, buy and learn to use a good study Bible. Here are a couple to consider: