This is a continuation of the ideas in yesterday’s post about the Sunday sermon at St. Paul’s.
Joseph followed the directions God sent him orally, through the visitation of angels and in prophetic dreams. Those sorts of occurrences were rare even in Bible times, so we can’t expect to rely strongly on them today to guide our decisions. However, we do have an important road map for finding our way.
“Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
The Bible is God’s word. It enlightens us. It informs us. It guides us. It’s hard to follow any path in darkness, but the verse above tells us that God’s word brings the light we need to follow Him. Try imagining it like the luminaries that some churches put out on Christmas eve, along the street or sidewalk.
Of course, the Bible does not contain specific instructions for every situation. It does have broad principles that can point us in the right direction. It also contains the life stories of many of God’s people. As we study them, we learn how to deal with similar challenges and temptations. The book of Psalms is another great place to start. In Psalms you will find every human emotion known to man. The Psalms can teach us to cry out to God, in any situation.
You can come to church each week and hear God’s word. Better yet, you can study it every day on your own or with others. What a great New Year’s resolution that would be! Follow God’s road map and you will always walk in the light.
“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 1 Timothy 3:16