Friday, March 19, 2010

A Lamp to Light the Way

Man, oh man! Doesn't it seem like the goalposts of life are always changing? That what was acceptable and right yesterday is unacceptable and politically incorrect today? That what was once considered good is now spoken of as evil? What's a Christian to do?

Take hold of the everlasting truths of God's Word. Though the world may be fickle and its standards ever-changing, God is the same yesterday, today and forever and His truth endures to all generations. His Word will light our paths.

"Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path."
~ Psalm 119:105

We shouldn't be alarmed when everything seems out of whack. Doesn't God's Word warn us that these things will happen as end times approach? Here's what Paul said to Timothy:

"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
People will be lovers of themselves, lover of money,
boastful, proud, abusive, 
disobedient to their parents, ungrateful,
unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, 
without self-control, brutal, 
not lovers of the good, 
treacherous, rash, conceited, 
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God--
having a form of godliness but denying its power.
Have nothing to do with them."
~ II Timothy 3:1-5

Sound familiar?

With all that's going on in Washington, D.C. these days, one could get the impression that our country is ruled by a bunch of despots who have little or no regard for the will of the people. Yet, if the verses in II Timothy rightly describe people today, do we deserve anything better? 

Perhaps it's time we fell to our knees before God, even as Isaiah did when he saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, his robe filling the temple, angels praising His holiness. 

"Woe to me! I am ruined!
For I am a man of unclean lips,
and I live among a people of unclean lips,
and my eyes have seen the King,
the LORD Almighty."
~ Isaiah 6:5 

Have we fallen before our God, humbled ourselves and prayed? Have we sought His face and turned from our wicked ways? Are we any different from non-believers in the way we live our lives?

Unlike non-believers, we have God's Word as a lamp to light our path, a path that will lead us Home. May we treasure Scripture more than gold or silver or any other thing that perishes.

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