When We Need Directions

Dr. John Beck


April 3, 2018

Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

I am old enough to remember when there was no “Siri” or “Maps App.” In those ancient days, when traveling, one had to read a paper map or, in the worst cases, stop and ask others for directions. Unfortunately, we often got lost. I’m not sure too many travelers today know the sickening feeling of truly being “lost” anymore. I can tell you, it wasn’t fun.

Even more frightening than losing our way in the car is the reality that we can lose our way in life. Things happen that can be confusing, disappointing, and downright scary. We can feel like we just don’t know where we’re heading anymore, and that feeling can be downright alarming. So, what can we do when we feel like we’ve lost our way?

The answer is certain: Look to God’s Word. The Psalmist wrote that God’s Word provides direction for life. Notice God doesn’t give a map to show us the entire voyage of life, rather, his Word illuminates our very next step. He lights the path for one faith step at a time.

Henry Blackaby illustrated this idea in his, Experiencing God, by telling this story. “If the farmer wants to tell you how to get to his house, and he’s not with you, he’ll have to lay out all the directions. If he’s with you as you travel, however, at the appropriate moment he will say, ‘turn here.’” Don’t forget, my dear friends, God is with us.

At First Denton, we value the “Life-giving Truth” that is a lamp and light for our paths in life!