For centuries people have used lamps to guide them in the dark, or to light the house when it became dark. And if you were out at night walking on the road, swinging your arms, your lamp would appear to flicker in the night!
In today’s society we just flip a switch and viola we have electricity. Sometimes we forget how easy we have it in the 21st century. Some people still use lamps and lanterns, for camping or for when the power goes out, or for any number of reasons. I have to say that lanterns are very pretty at night, they give you a feeling like you stepped back in time, almost.
As I’m sure many of you know there are two different types of lamps. For those of you who aren’t sure what I’m talking about, let me explain. You may ask what other kind of lamps are there? Well I’m glad you asked, is says in Psalms 119:105 – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
What…a Bible a lamp? How can that be? It doesn’t shine! How is that a lamp? I myself find this a fascinating subject, because when I studied this out I discovered some very interesting details.
Firstly, how can the Bible be a light to guide us on a path? Can we take it outside and use it as a flashlight? No! Of course not! Well, unless the Lord worked a miracle then it could, but I’m pretty sure the text is not talking about a real pathway. The path the text is talking about is the pathway to heaven. Each of us is faced with a journey, and eventually we have to make a choice whether to go down the narrow way or the broad way.
Although you may not realize it we are on that path right now as we speak. By our choices we decide what path we take, and sometimes we take the wrong road and have to make a U-Turn and get back on the narrow road. If there are any of you out there who have read or listened to the Pilgrim’s Progress you will know that the book talks about the struggles and the temptations that come to those on the road to salvation. The narrow way is filled with difficult roads, temptations and danger.
Let me ask you this, if it was easy would it be worth it? Would we appreciate our salvation if we just had to sit back and relax? Isn’t something worth fighting for a sense of accomplishment, doesn’t it make the reward all the greater? Our salvation is no different it is worth fighting for, it is worth putting everything on the line. Why you may ask? Because God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins, now that is a sacrifice, why aren’t we willing to do the same?
Back to the lamps they are used to guide people when it is dark out, right? And as long as you have a fire going in the lamp it will continue to burn, but what if you fell in the path, and the light got put out, what would you do then? Would you lie there in the darkness, or would you get up?
When we read the Bible, it guides out of “darkness” (sin). It is a light unto the path! But sometimes we fall into temptations and fall on the road, our lamp falls out of our hand and is closed, it is then that we must make the choice of getting up and turning from that sin, or to continue to wallow in darkness. We can open the Bible up and it will tell us where to go, or we can stay down.
We must be willing for the Lord to lead and guide us on our journey. It is about dying to self and letting Him take over. We all have a problem with that, we like being in charge, we want to have control. When that happens we are on the wrong pathway. Paul said that he died daily, he meant that he put his selfish nature in the Lord’s hands and allowed the Lord to take control and lead and guide in His life. Truly giving yourself over to Christ is the only way to be free.
When we are faced with temptations, it is the Bible that we must quote to get out of temptation. Like Jesus did in the wilderness. That is another way that the Bible acts as a light to our path, if we memorize scripture and are staying in the word of God then we can fight against Satan and his army.
Satan also knows the Bible, so that means we must know our Bible’s well enough to know if we are being deceived. So maybe just like they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Maybe we could say, “A Scripture a day, keeps the Devil away.” (Although you might have to use more than one scripture.) 🙂
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
“But,” you say, “there are so many versions out there, which one should I choose from?” My answer…The King James Version, why? Because that version is the closest one to the Greek and Hebrew translations, and the more “modern” versions have been changed, and some verses have been left out! Which is definitely not good.
Even the New King James Version has missing texts in it! When I found that out, I was crushed! I thought that they had just taken out the thee’s and thou’s and put in me and you instead. But I was sadly mistaken! There is a whole study about the different versions of the Bible and if any of you are interested in it, feel free to comment below and I can post it as another blog.
Deuteronomy 4:2 – Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
The good thing about this lamp is, is that it will never go out, never run out of gas, and it will continue to burn, whether or not anyone reads it! It is there for comfort, and rebuke, it tells the worlds greatest love story. And most important of all it tells what we must do to be saved!
Where shall I start reading the Bible? My suggestion is to start from the beginning, but if you start to get confused you can skip to the New Testament and read the life and story of Jesus. But make a commitment to read a little portion of it every day! Without it you could lose the way! I also don’t think it is a wise idea if you just open up your Bible and pick a text, it could lead you to the wrong conclusion! Let the Bible be its own interpreter.
Pray before you read, so that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide you to understand what the Lord put in His word. Also reading the Spirit of Prophecy along with your Bible helps make it clearer. I love the Conflict of the Ages’ Series, Patriarchs and Prophets; Prophets and Kings; Desire of Ages; & The Great Controversy are excellent books. I especially encourage you to read the book The Great Controversy by E.G. White, it is a book especially for our day and age.
What is the best time to read my lamp? Anytime, read it whenever you can, pick it up as much as possible, when you first wake up, during the day and right before you sleep. There is no limit to how much you can learn from it, there is always something new.
I know a lot of people say, it is the same old stories I read all the time, why should I read it again. I used to wonder the same thing when I was younger. I found out the answer though, when I was older I started grasping more things, I started understanding. Seeing the story as not just a story but seeing them as lessons and how they connect and how they apply to my life. Realizing that each time I read the stories I was learning something new, how it applied not only to my life but how much is still the same. What I mean by that is, they had the same problems, the same bad things back in those times as we have today. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 – The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
The Bible goes by many different names such as…A Lamp, A Sword, Bread, The Word of God, Scriptures, A Light, and many others, which ever you prefer. It all says the same thing though, it is our spiritual food, light and everything we need to make it in this world, especially when faced with the adversary that we have. We cannot do this by ourselves and in our own strength. For without God nothing is possible.
The Devil wants nothing more than for us to lose our way, for then we would have to pay the price of our sin and he would not.
And remember the more time you spend with Jesus the more you will be like Him! For the light that is inside the Bible will shine out through you onto others. For what we see, read and do with our time shapes us into the person that we are. It is never to late to change, with God all things ARE POSSIBLE. There is no greater adventure than the Christian life.
I think I am going to go read my lamp right now, how about you?