“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
Teens stress a lot about where we’re headed in life. In high school, everything seems to bank on your final year, and we’re so fixated on getting the right scores to study the right thing for the best job for the perfect life.
So when we ask God for direction, we want clear answers. But he isn’t going to give us a road map of our whole life. He gives us something better – his Word.
If the Bible is like a lamp and a light, think literally for a minute. When you hold a lamp, or torch, or phone light, you can only see what’s in front of you. You know enough about your surroundings to take a step, though you don’t know what’s ahead.
God tells us in his Word what we need for the next step, and at different points on our path, he’ll reveal another thing – as we keep reading. You must keep reading, otherwise, life becomes like walking in the darkness of the world without a torch. God’s Word leads us, guides us, teaches us and secures us.
Think of the Israelites and how they were led by a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night (Exodus 13:21). They held onto the Word that gave them the promised land and followed the Spirit’s lead.
We can trust that Jesus, the light of the world (John 8:12), will always be there to reveal the next step. If we can trust our phone light to get us through the dark, how much more should we trust God’s Word to get us through life?