The Light of God’s Word

The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple.” (Ps. 119:130)

The young person asks: “How do I know whether what I have always been taught is right…which church can I trust?  Enter the light of God’s Word: “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

The believer whose body is assaulted by pain daily asks, “Why does God make me suffer like this?” Enter the light of God’s Word: “For our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” (2 Cor. 4:17)

The missionary who labors faithfully year after year with few visible results wonders whether it is really worth the sacrifices he and his family have made. Enter the light of God’s Word: “For God is not unfaithful to forget your work and labor of love.” (Hebs. 6:10)

The businessman who struggles to keep his small business afloat is tempted to cut a shady deal in order to get ahead—like so many others are doing, with apparent success.  Enter the light of God’s Word: “Provide things honest in the sight of all men.” (Romans 12:17b)

The high school junior who becomes pregnant through a relationship with a boy who, learning of her plight, disclaims any responsibility and distances himself from her. Her high school counsellor advises her to proceed quickly and quietly to abort the baby—even though the girl and her parents are committed Christians, and they have always believed abortion to be an unbiblical choice.  The counsellor assures the girl that no one needs to know, and that she will give her all the help needed going forward. What to do?  Enter the light of God’s Word: “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Ps.119:105) “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Ps. 139:13,14)

The middle-aged lady who believes she has internal physical problems for which there is no medical cure. Whether real or imagined, these problems fill her with constant fear. Enter the light of God’s Word: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:7)

The young person who faces the uncertain future with a big question mark in his mind: “What shall I do with my life?  Shall I go to college? If so, where?” Enter the light of God’s Word: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” (Provs. 3:5,6)

The lady who is suddenly left without a husband through death and who wonders how she will ever cope without her longtime, loving mate. Enter the light of God’s Word: “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper.’” (Hebs. 13:5,6)

The couple who just cannot seem to find happiness in their strained marriage, and whose friends and family urge them to give it up as a lost cause.  Enter the light of God’s Word: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (I Cor. 10:13)

The teen who feels the pull of peer pressure and wonders if it would be all right to attend a school event that might compromise her Christian testimony. Enter the light of God’s Word: “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (I Thess. 5:22) “…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Rom. 14:23b)

The single lady who feels she has fallen in love with the man of her dreams—a man who meets every criterion she has ever had for a husband except for one: he is not saved, never having accepted Christ as his Savior. Enter the light of God’s Word: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” (2 Cor. 6:14)

The church member who has so many debts he just cannot see his way clear to giving a tithe of his income to God through his local church, even though he believes it is right to do so. So he gives a few dollars each week hoping that God will understand, reasoning that we are not under the law anyway, and that tithing was for the Old Testament believer.  Enter the light of God’s Word: “Honor the Lord with thy substance and with the first fruits of thy increase.” (Provs. 3:10)

The person who suddenly faces death and is afraid to die, but is not afraid of what will happen to him after death. Enter the light of God’s Word: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.” (Ps. 23:4)

The person who feels he has committed such awful sins that God would never forgive him. Enter the light of God’s Word: “Come now and let us reason together saith the Lord: ‘Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’” (Isa. 1:18)

 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:14,16)

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