Whose word is a lamp to whose feet?

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).

I remember buying a used Study Bible at a thrift store.

Because it was used, it had some underlining. But what caught my attention most were the comments in the margins. The previous owner seemed to get upset at points. The comments could get angry, explaining why the translation was incorrect or how this or that phrase had been rendered wrongly.

However, there was nothing wrong with the translation.

My sense is that the individual was simply uncomfortable with what it said. As a result, he or she was getting angry and trying to do some mental gymnastics to contort the text into saying what he or she wanted it to say.

Are there times when certain passages are confusing and we need extra background information or teaching to help us understand what is going on? Yes. But when you find yourself explaining away every single passage that makes you uncomfortable, you may be reading with a spirit of insincerity or ego. R.C. Sproul has said, “You don’t have to give up your intellect to trust the Bible. You have to give up your pride.”

God’s word is a lamp for our feet, and a light to our path—not the other way around. We’re not the ones instructing God about what his will should be.

Let’s humbly devote ourselves to craving, loving and studying God’s word. When we do, we’ll discover our best lives—not because we always know best, but because we are cultivating a trusting relationship with the one who does.


Notes:

–“Hit the light.” That’s my latest sermon which was a high-level review of the teaching series on the book of Hebrews. You can access it here.

Study Bibles. Today’s devotional mentioned a “Study Bible.” Here’s an explainer I did which is a guide to the many different translations of the Bible. 

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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