For most people, whether driving a car or navigating through life, we like to see where we are going. It is helpful to see the road clearly and to be able to anticipate what lies ahead. When we know what is coming next, we can adjust our speed. When we can see the road conditions, we know how carefully we need to drive. If it is dark or foggy the road is difficult to see.
Thankfully, our cars come equipped with headlights and this allows us to see down the road. We can’t see all the way to our destination but the lights allow us to see just far enough ahead that we can keep moving forward. The lights keep us on the road, keeps us from going in a ditch and this gets us there safely.
Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, is all about the word of God. Almost every verse refers to God’s word by using terms like – ‘word’, ‘way’, ‘law’, ‘precepts’, ‘commands’ and, ‘promises’. The writer praises God’s word and describes the benefits readers receive.
Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)
It is by the light of God’s word that we can see our way forward, enough for every day. We do not see the full path, we do not see all the twists and turns that will come at us in life, but we can see enough of the path to keep ongoing. Scripture gives us sufficient wisdom and direction for the present moment. As we move forward more will be revealed. And that is plenty to get us home.