Joe Bruner -- “God’s Word is Imperative for Guidance and Survival”
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” – Psalm 119:105
Whenever scripture uses a comparative phrase it should always spark the imagination of the reader to pursue the meaning behind the author’s intent. Imagine yourself on a journey that takes you into a wooded area, along a path, and daylight is fading. Your source of light becomes critical for your survival, guidance, safety, peace, driving out fears, and identifying threats. Not to mention reaching your intended destination! In the same way that the light is important to your physical journey, scripture is equally important in all those areas for our spiritual life.
In Ephesians 6:17b “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” scripture is referred to as our “sword” which is an offensive weapon. When thinking about a lamp and a sword, both are critical for success, one for the journey and the other for conquering your enemy. The following quote from John Wesley sums up the importance of God’s word for journey quite nicely:
“I want to know one thing, the way to heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way: for this very end he came from heaven. He has written it down in a book! Oh, give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I must have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be homo unius libri: A man of one book.” -- John Wesley
- Joe Bruner, Associate Dean for Residence Life