A Light Shining

in Bible Study Evangelism Obedience/Discipleship

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19

The written Word of God, made more certain by fulfilled prophecy, is like "a light shining in a dark place." The psalmist said it this way, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Psalm 119:105). Surely, we "will do well to pay attention to it." So, today let's stay with the basics.

Read God's Word Daily. Scripture is God's love letter to you. It encourages your heart when you need uplifted. It shows when you are on the wrong path. It tells you where the right path is. It teaches you how to live vertically before God and horizontally before others. Reading God's Word is essential to your growth as a Christian.

Memorize God's Word. The psalmist said, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you" (Psalm 119:11). Take the time to hide God's Word in your heart. The purpose of Scripture memory is not to impress others by weaving passages into times of public prayer. Memorizing Scripture is purposed to keep you and me from sinning against God.

Obey God's Word. James says, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (James 1:22). Many Christians miss a life of obedience by 12 inches ... the distance from their head to their heart. Head knowledge is great for winning Bible trivia games. But you will do well to apply the truth to everyday life.

Father, help us to be like Ezra who studied your Word, applied it to his life, and then taught it to others. In Jesus' name. Amen.