“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
In Christian terms, we often refer to the world as a dark and scary place. There’s not always a lot of optimism about our spiritual future. The Word of God (the Bible) is truly the lamp and guide for our daily living. Countless times in the Old Testament we find that the Israelites strayed from God. They committed the same sins against God that we commit now. In fact, it’s amazing how our descent to spiritual lows mirrors those of the Israelites in the book of Judges, Samuel, Kings and Chronicles. At times they would be fired up with their covenant with God and then they would stray to unheard of lows.
God would shock them back into realization with some sort of catastrophe and they would realize that only God could save and guide them. Even today, we don’t hear God when He whispers as he did to Elijah in 1 Kings 19:12 but we come to him when catastrophe strikes. The Israelites were God’s chosen people yet they still needed a constant lamp to guide them in the paths of righteousness. If The Church would only use God’s lamp to guide our daily lives then maybe we could avoid some of the pitfalls of the ancient Israelites.