I’m sure there are many more definitions, but these really got me thinking. This verse clearly states that the word of God is a lamp and a light. And then it hit me - this is what the bible is to us! How blessed we are to have this guidance. Our path before us is lit up, and we can see where we are going - because we have the word of God. Our darkness is now light - because we have the word of God. We can see clearly and difficulties can be illuminated - because we have the word of God.
And this got me asking another question - how do I view the word of God? What do I really think of my bible? How do I treat it? How do I view reading it? Do I realise the power of these words that I read within the pages?
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. HEBREWS 4:12
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul. The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. PSALM 19:7-8
I loved reading these descriptions. My Bible isn’t just another book filled with many words, but it is powerful. It is living. It divides, and it discerns. It is perfect and sure. It can make wise. It is pure, and it enlightens.
After reading these and thinking about my view on the Scriptures, I turned back to my original question - how do I view the word of God?
Do I realise how useful it is for my daily walk as a Christian? Do I fully grasp the extent that it can help and equip me? (2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17)
Do I look to these words for the purpose of gaining hope? (ROMANS 15:4)
Do I meditate on these words day and night? (JOSHUA 1:8)
Do I live by these words and absorb them as my spiritual food? (MATTHEW 4:4)
Do I use it as a weapon to fight the attacks of the enemy? (EPHESIANS 6:17)
Do I let these words decide what I believe about God, myself, and the world around me? (TITUS 2:1)
These are all good questions, and as I wrote each one, I found myself convicted about how I view these holy words which I am so privileged to have access to. These words are incredibly special, and I don’t ever want to take them for granted.