This past week’s reading in the One Year Bible featured the ongoing trials of David – how different his life could had been if not for his sin! – and brought the beautiful book of John to a close. While there were many wonderful passages in John (one of which I am covering in my new Scripture Sunday Podcast) the journal entry I chose to share here focuses on Psalm 119:105. It is taken from the One Year Bible reading for Wednesday May 30th.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. – Psalm 119:105
What struck me most about this short but powerful verse is the absolute truth it conveys. The spiritual light of God is the only light that can truly illuminate our course in life. Without God’s light we are in darkness – even if we don’t realize it (and oftentimes we don’t). When we wander in the dark we lose our true path and become lost and confused.
When I was in the New Age I believed that I was being guided by dreams and visions and messages from my guides but this was an illusion. There were times, I now believe, when God did break through and guide me but sadly God’s truth got lost in the steady stream of static that the enemy produced. This, in my opinion, is one of main reasons the word occult is used to describe the kind of false spirituality that ensnared me. Occult means to hide or obscure and this is exactly what it does, preventing us from seeing what is true.
Occult practitioners will tell you that the word occult refers to hidden truth. But truth does not hide.
When I became a Christian I experienced a moment of absolute clarity and the confusion and the darkness fell away. This was a frightening feeling but it was more real than anything I have ever felt. It was a light for my path in every sense of the word. I repented and began to delight in the Word and pray passionately and often. Some time later I started to read the One Year Bible and journal on what I had read everyday in the S.O.A.P. note format.
This journal entry is the first I’ve done in several days. I have not been praying as regularly as I’d like or with as much dedication. This is not a new problem. I wrote about in my last Bible journal post as well. I’m doing better now than I was last week but this verse and the way I felt over the last couple of weeks has made me realize how desperately I need to be led by God’s light. Every single day.
Light is truth. In it nothing is hidden. It lights the path to victory in our lives.
I will not go back!
Dear God, Thank you for the gift of your Word and the miracle of your Son. Please help me to keep my eyes fixed on your light. May it ever be a lamp to guide my and a light for my path. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Next Week’s One Year Bible Readings
Next week’s reading in the One Year Bible (which can be read in the Bible of your choice) is:
2 Samuel 20:14-21:22
2 Samuel 22:1-23:23
2 Samuel 23:24-24:25
1 Kings 1:1-53
1 Kings 2:1-3:2
1 Kings 3:3-4:34
1 Kings 5:1-6:38
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