10 Examples of How God’s Word is a Light For Our Path

TheBellRockLighthouseJust as ships along a coast need markers and lights to help navigate the waters, in the same way we need markers and lights to help us navigate through this life.

Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] knew that we would need proper guidance, to help us maneuver through life safely and securely. And so He tells us in many ways, seen throughout the Scriptures, that the Word of Yahuwah is to be as our navigational tool; it is to be our guide, for our entire lifetime.

The written Word [the Bible] is to be like our compass, and the living Word [Messiah living within us by the Holy Spirit] is to be as our personal navigator. God tells us that His Word is a LAMP for our feet and a LIGHT for our path:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105)

Think of it this way:

In the natural realm, we greatly depend on electricity to light up our homes, businesses, driveways, and streets. But, if we are suddenly without electricity, we instantly realise how much we need it! When the power goes out, we immediately call for those in charge of the power source. The first thing we need is light!

In the same way, in the spiritual realm, Yahuwah is our power source, and His Word is our light. We desperately need the light of His Word to live our lives in harmony with Him, with ourselves, and with others.

The In-Corruptible Word

The apostle Peter tells us that Yahuwah’s Word is incorruptible, and that it lives and abides [remains] for ever (1Peter 1:23)!

This tells us that if we want someone to give us direction, we can count on Yahuwah’s Words to be pure, honest, in-corruptible, and eternal. That is, God’s Word is clean, up-to-date, fresh, good, and excellent — and it will not be removed, nor done away with, nor destroyed — ever!

Because God loves each one of us, we can trust God’s Word to lead us according to what is good for us, and according to God’s wisdom. We will find no solution in our own wisdom. God’s wisdom is the only true source for that which is “pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17)

God’s Word, as “A Lamp” for our feet, is Father’s instructions, insights, and wisdom for our day-to-day decisions. Our daily decisions are like steps when taking a walk. Many of our day-to-day decisions can be very personal, intimate steps, and may seem inconsequential. Yet when we read and study the complete Word of Yahuwah, becoming a “DO-er” of His Word, we discover that Father has provided guidelines and instructions for every personal, intimate decision we face.

God’s Word, as “A Light” for our path, is Father’s instructions, insights, and wisdom that give us guidance for major decisions that could have long-term effects on our lives. Both the written Word of Yahuwah, and the Living Word of Messiah living within us by the Holy Spirit, are very thorough and complete. They give us insight and wisdom, revealing the path we are to take, for every major decision we face.

10 Basic Examples

What are some ways that God’s Word is as a “lamp” and as a “light” for us?

Here are ten basic, typical, hypothetical examples that reveal God’s Word as lighting up the way for us, giving us guidance for our path:

1. My roommate moved out last week, without giving me any notice or paying rent. Now I’m deep in debt, and I do not where my roommate is. What should I do? Should I forgive my roommate?

The Answer from God’s Word:

  • For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14,15)
  • Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.(Colossians 3:13)
  • Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:18)
  • This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. (Psalms 34:6)

2. I am thinking about taking a new job in another state. The job offer seems excellent! Should I call my parents and ask them what they think?

The Answer from God’s Word:

  • Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. (Ephesians 6:2,3)
  • Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14)
  • Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. (Proverbs 13:10)
  • Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon You: for You will answer me. (Psalms 86:6-7)

3. My fellow employee usually leaves every day with some little thing undone. Today he/she did not finish cleaning out the trash cans. Should I finish the job?

The Answer from God’s Word:

  • Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. (Proverbs 16:19 )
  • But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4:6)
  • Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. (Luke 6:36)
  • I am among you as He that serveth. (Luke 22:27b)

4. My friends want me to go to the movies with them on Saturday. We usually hang-out together every Saturday and do something fun. Should I go with them?

The Answer from God’s Word:

  • Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy…. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:8,11)
  • If because of the Sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable; and honor it, not doing your own ways, nor seeking your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you will delight in the LORD, and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 58:13,14)

5. My little child is not obeying me, and it is becoming a real problem. Should I discipline him/her?

The Answer from God’s Word:

  • Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. (Proverbs 22:15)
  • The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. (Proverbs 29:15)
  • He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him quickly. (Proverbs 13:24)
  •  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten…. (Revelation 3:19a)

6. I am really attracted to someone, and I feel so good whenever we are together, but he/she does not want to talk about God. Should I spend time with that person?

The Answer from God’s Word:

  • Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2Corinthians 6:14)
  • Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. (1Thessalonians 5:5)
  • Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. (2Peter 3:17)

7. I am falling in love with someone, but we are not married, and he/she wants to have sex with me. It seems like everyone does it. Should I have sex before marriage?

The Answer from God’s Word:

  • Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (1Corinthians 6:18)
  • Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1Corinthians 6:9-10)
  • But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints. (Ephesians 5:3)
  • For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication. (1Thessalonians 4:3)

8. My mother tells me I need to learn to drive my car more safely, and stop driving over the speed limit. But that is such a hassle! Should I change the way I drive?

The Answer from God’s Word:

  • Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honored. (Proverbs 13:18)
  • The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. (Proverbs 12:15)
  • My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. (Proverbs 1:8) 

9. My sister likes to argue with me. She seems to enjoy proving that she knows more than me. Should I argue back with her?

The Answer from God’s Word:

  • He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. (Proverbs 14:29)
  • He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. (Proverbs 16:32)
  • For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. (James 3:16) 

10. The clerk at the store accidentally gave me three dollars, when all that was due was only two dollars. Should I go back to the store and return the money?

The Answer from God’s Word:

  • Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. (Leviticus 19:11)
  • Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. (2Corinthians 8:21)
  • Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. (Hebrews 13:18)

Attend to Yahuwah’s Word

When we come to know Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] as our Saviour, then our hearts yearn to be in harmony with God! We sincerely want to know and heed the wisdom that comes from above! This heavenly wisdom is what the Father revealed to His servants, the prophets, and it is written for us in the Bible.

King Solomon urges us over and over, in the book of Proverbs, to give our attention to the Words of Yahuwah:

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22) 

As the above verses teach us, we are to attend to the Word of Yahuwah, incline our ear to what it says, and continually put it before our eyes! We are then to be obedient to His Word, being sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s whispers to obey Father’s Word, so that His Word becomes so much a part of us, that it is in the midst of our heart!

Thirsty Souls are longing for the refreshing ‘Water’ and the guiding ‘Light’ of God’s Word. We look to Yahuwah as our power source, and to His Word as our light.

We know that without Yahuwah, we can do nothing. Studying His Word and obeying His Word is the answer for learning how to walk in His light!

“I want to know one thing — the Way to heaven; and how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the Way; for this end He came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. Give me that book! At any price, give me the Book of God!” – John Wesley

The reward for knowing God’s Word is that we are enabled by His grace to walk in it.

The reward for walking in [being a ‘DO-er’ of] God’s Word is His LIFE and His health within us — to energise us, comfort us, and guide us!

Let us therefore be diligent to love walking in the light of Yahuwah’s Word, and recognise that it is a great honour to be an obedient child to His truth!

The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.

Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.

It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword and the Christian’s charter. Here too, Heaven is opened and the gates of Hell disclosed.

Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully.  It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.

It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents. — Introduction at the front of a Bible placed by a Gideon

Thank you Abba Father for Your abundant lovingkindness in giving us Your Word that truly is — the ‘Light’ for our path!

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As we saw inThe Key to the Holy Spirit’s Guidance,” discerning the guidance of the Holy Spirit begins with a basic heart attitude of humility. Click here, to read more.

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