Lamp Unto My Feet - How God's Word Guides Our Walk

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Psalm 119:105 says “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.(KJV)” But how does God’s Word guide us in our daily walk with Him?

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A Lamp Unto My Feet 

The word “lamp” as used in this verse is from the Hebrew word “niyr”, which, according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance,  means ‘to glisten, a candle or light’.

A candle or a “glistening lamp” gives off a very small amount of visible light. It is just enough to see right in front of you.

It is not a broad, glaring amount of light, like we would see in modern day flood lights. Rather, picture what you are able to see when you are using candlelight when the power goes out, or while eating a romantic dinner with your spouse.

When you walk through your home in a power outage using just a candle, you can see only a short distance in front of you.

A Light Unto My Path 

The Hebrew word for “light” in this verse is the word “‘owr”  and means “a light, bright, clear, like morning”.

This is a brighter kind of light. This is a light that is bright enough to see what it around you.  It is clear! It is illuminated!

It’s the kind of light you might have on your street or on your home’s walkway, so that people can walk along the path at night safely and can see any dangers that might exist.


How is God’s Word a Lamp Unto My Feet?

God’s Word is a lamp unto my feet. What do our feet do? They take steps forward or backward, they help us to stand and walk.

When God wants us to move in our walk with Him, He often doesn’t show us the whole picture. He wants us to follow Him step by step without us necessarily knowing of or worrying about the bigger picture because that could lead us to try to control the outcome.

It helps us develop our faith when we need to rely on God and His Word each and every step of the way.

It would be easy for us to take certain steps in life if we saw the bigger picture. What measure of faith is there when you know the outcome?

We need God and His Word as truth in our lives to guide each step, maybe not knowing what the next step will bring until we take it.

 

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How is God’s Word a Light Unto My Path?

God’s Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path! A path is the way we are to go. It is the direction God wants us to take. It leads us to our destination.

God’s Word may provide more light on this type of situation. For example, God’s Word says to forgive our enemies.

Ephesians 4:32

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” ESV

So God’s Word makes that clear!

If we are in a relationship with someone who has wronged us, maybe an issue in our marriage, God’s Word is telling us to forgive them. His Word is showing us the path we are to take with this person. He makes it clear, illuminating it so we know what we must do.

However, the steps we have to take to get there may be revealed step by step.  God may not show us the next step until we take the first one. He will not show us every step at once. Like that candle, we may know the destination we are heading to but can only see the way a step at a time. He wants us to listen to Him and His Word each step we take.

The overall path He shows us is forgiveness and restoration, but the steps to get there may be shown to us by Him along the way. And with each step of obedience, another step may be revealed.

So God may at times only reveal steps along the way without showing the path, and sometimes shows us the path ahead, but we have to wait for Him to light up the steps we need to get there.

Either way, God’s Word is our guide!

A Lamp Unto My Feet – God’s Plan Revealed

God may be putting it on your heart to start a ministry! He may be telling you to write a book! He may be telling you to take a step further into your current ministry!

But He may not reveal to you HOW you will do it. I have heard story after story of people losing their job and God providing for them month after month, right when they needed it, without showing them ahead of time how it would happen!

Sometimes God wants us to rely solely on Him for our provision and not put our faith in ourselves or in other people!

I recall watching Joyce Meyer on TV one day speaking about how she felt God tell her to quit her job as a step forward to the ministry she felt God was leading her into. She didn’t listen completely and instead she began working part time. So she got fired! She said she had never been fired in her life! But God has a way of putting us where He wants us when we don’t follow His leading!! If we don’t obey, He will sometimes work things out to get us onto the right path to be used by Him! The path for her was enlightened (ministry) but the steps were being revealed one step at a time!

She talked about that time after she lost her job and not knowing where she was going to get the things she needed for her kids or her home, but each time it came down to the wire, God provided everything they needed. She said she had to rely on God for her dish towels! But God wanted her in ministry and part of what she needed to learn was to rely solely on His provision!


He didn’t show her how everything was going to play out. He didn’t tell her at the start of the month where all her needs would be met, but he DID meet them. God provided the light unto her path; her ministry. But he only provided that lamp unto her feet; each step she would have to take to get there.

He wants us reliant on Him in our walk to get to that path!

What ways is God showing you the bigger vision without showing you the steps to get there before you take them? Or what ways is God directing your steps without showing you the destination? How is He working on your faith and reliance on Him?

Always remember, no matter how unclear the path, we need to say “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”, and trust and rely on Him and His Word alone!

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Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved

 


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Diane is a wife and mom, a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus) and yes, a blogger. In addition to owning Worth Beyond Rubies, she also co-owns other sites such as Faithful CEOs which helps Christian bloggers and businesses, Hot Flashy Faith which is a site for women over 40 and everything important to them, and Women of Worth Café another site for Christian women with Bible studies, devotions and the Jewish roots of the faith. Diane lives in BEAUTIFUL Northwestern Connecticut and when she is not blogging, you will find her spending time with her husband and kiddos out on their little mini-farm.

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    Michele Morin
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    Listening and learning here today!
    Why do we separate our “real lives” from our reading of the Word of God?
    Thanks for this reminder that He gives us light on our path, but it might not be as much as we would like!

    Linda Stoll
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    A lamp, a light, a guide. Thanking God for His Word this morning … and for this space you give us to meet together. Bless you, Diane …

    Susan Nelson
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    What a beautiful post! God’s Word has illuminated my path so many times. When I am unsure or need encouragement, the answer is always found within the pages of His Word. Thank you for this poignant reminder. God bless!

    karentfriday
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    Powerful message, Diane. I like your analogy to God’s Word lighting our path one step at a time…the way a flashlight would do on a dark path in the woods. We can’t see far on up ahead. It’s one step at a time. Beautiful imagery to trust God with every step I take.

    Rebecca Hastings
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    What a great encouragement on so many levels. Not only are we supposed to trust that He will light our way, but we should help others see their paths by loving them well!

    adaughtersgiftoflove
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    I know what that’s like to have to rely on Him.

    Lauren Sparks
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    I can’t read that verse without singing the song. laurensparks.net

    Debra Jean
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    Great words as always! So grateful! I never looked at the difference between the two words (Lamp and Light) I have heard them both referred to as a dim light in comparison to today’s lights. I find that it always comes back to relying on Him for everything, trusting in anything/anyone else is that same as trusting in Egypt. Thanks for digging in and sharing these great nuggets. 8)

    Patricia P Burnette
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    I love this post! 🙂 His Word—our textbook for life. We are so blessed to have it and to freely be able to own a copy. Sometimes I think we take that for granted. Thanks for the great post! Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

    Hopeful50
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    I’m so glad we landed next to each other at Debbie Kitterman’s linkup. I love teaching from the Hebraic. Blessed today to have found you.

    Emily Saxe | To Unearth
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    Emily Saxe | To Unearth

    I was just learning about this the other week! I love the picture of only knowing a few steps ahead of us when it comes to God lighting our path. It might feel scary at times, and we’ll want to shine that light further down the path, but we know we can trust God! Enjoyed being your neighbor on #DestinationInspiration today. 🙂

    HEATHER GILLIS
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    So thankful God is the provider of our light. I did a study on the lamps they used were just clay post with two holes. One to pour th oil and the other for the wick. To make the lamps burned they needed oil, a wick and fire to light the wick. In order to keep the lamp burning they needed to bring extra oil with them or the light wouldn’t burn anymore. Love the metaphor we are the vessel, Jesus is the light, God is the wick and the Holy Spirit is the oil. Without all three our lights… Read more »

    Donna Reidland
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    Diane, I love the explanation for the difference between those 2 words! Thanks for widening our understanding and for hosting. Blessings!