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Proverbs 4:26-27 ‘Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil’. When I read these verses I felt that God was answering my question about the mind. I had asked why Psalm 119:105 had referred to feet rather than the mind however God was telling me through these verses that by ‘giving careful thought to the paths for your feet’ that the mind actually controls the direction in which I decide to go. Giving careful thought comes from the mind, which therefore means that I decide which path I want my feet to take and therefore which direction I am going. The scripture however goes further and warns me that I need to keep on a straight path in order to keep me from evil. This is particularly significant because I know that ‘I cannot hide anything for God’; Proverbs 5:21 ‘For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths’.
Without any reservation we should slam the door in the face of sin by shining the bright light of Jesus right in its face. Let the Word of God be our lamp. Think of reading the bible like a set of re-chargeable batteries. Each time we read the Word of God we are re-charging the batteries and therefore giving them more power, the greater the power the brighter the light. Conversely, if we do not read the Word of God we are allowing the power in our batteries to decrease. The Word of God really is a lamp for our feet because it not only protects us and gives us direction but as we have seen, we need it to ensure that we do not allow the power in our batteries to diminish or run out. Surely, this emphasises the importance of coming into the presence of God each and every day and reading the bible?
As we have seen above, the good news is that we have protection in our lives whilst we are on our earthly journey, if we choose it. There is however even better news!; we will not need to worry about our lamps dimming or going out when we get to heaven because we will not need them!; Revelation 21:23 ‘The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp’ Amen.
Father I thank you that you protect me each and every day with your Word. I thank you that you light up my paths in the darkness and I thank you for Jesus who is the light of the World. May you guide my paths always until I come to be with you in heaven where your glory will shine forever. Amen
Author: Gary O’Neill
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