God's word lights up our path
By Jim GraffI used to love watching NFL Primetime with Chris Berman. When a football player was struggling to stay on his feet or hold onto the ball, he'd often announce, "They're rumbling ... stumbling ... fumbling."
I specifically remember watching the show one Sunday night after preaching a message I considered more mess than anything else. I told Tamara, "That's how I felt standing behind the pulpit this morning. I started out rumbling, found myself stumbling then ended up fumbling."
We've all felt that way at times. But whether we feel it as a spouse, parent, friend or follower of Christ, God has some good news for us: we don't have to get stuck in that stumble. We can learn how to run better because of the relationship we develop with His Word.
Psalm 119:105-107 says, "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws ... preserve my life, Lord, according to your word."
This verse tells us a couple of things about what the Word of God should mean to us. First, we should prize it, viewing it as an oath - not as idle words but as words we're committed to patterning our lives after. Then it should be as a lamp for our feet, leading us through the darkness and protecting and preserving our lives.
As we let the light guide our steps, it'll give us all the strength and safety we need to accomplish the great plans God has for us.
George Mueller was one of the most respected leaders in England during his time.
Besides working as an evangelist and missionary, he also served as the director of the Ashley Down orphanage. He took in 10,000 orphans during his lifetime and built 117 schools to educate them. That was one busy guy. But despite a demanding schedule, George made it clear that spending time in God's word was the most important part of his day.
After reading his Bible through for the 100th time, someone asked him, "Why are you still reading that book? Surely you know enough of it by now."
George replied, "I used to live doing a little bit with a lot of my strength, but I've learned I can do a lot with just a little bit of God's strength. That's why I read the Bible." He understood the truth we all need to grasp - that only with the light can we reach the ultimate destination God's calling us to.
Do you feel as though you're stumbling around in the dark today, struggling to figure out your next step? Then I encourage you to get into God's word. As you allow Him to lead you, you'll gain the strength and wisdom necessary to confidently take the next step toward your destiny. Then, like George Mueller, your life will become a shining example for others to follow. So, let's agree: No more stumbling. We're running into God's best.
Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria, www.faithfamilyvictoria.com.