Friday, November 3, 2023

Only a Lamp to My Feet

By: Lauren Thomas 

Sometimes, God provides a light to our path. We get to see both the path and what lies ahead. 
Other times, He only provides a lamp to our feet. 

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
This frustrates me. 
I like to know the plan. I like to be part of making the plan. But let’s be honest. This isn’t always how it works with God. 
In those times when I can only see the very next step in front of me, God offers two things that I might otherwise miss: 1) the opportunity to surrender my perceived control, and 2) the opportunity to trust Him. 
When I can see the plan, the path, and the destination, not much trust is involved. And it lends to belief in my own control in the matter. 
But when, with only a lamp, I can barely see my own two feet…
I get to offer a sacrifice of praise by surrendering and trusting – two things that are not comfortable. 
“He who offers a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving honors Me;
And to him who orders his way rightly [who follows the way that I show him],
I shall show the salvation of God.”
Psalm 50:23 (ESV)
Whatever you are praying for God to illuminate up ahead – be it a career decision, a financial decision, guidance navigating a complicated relationship dynamic – I challenge you to see it as an opportunity for trusting God and for surrendering to His plan. May this sacrifice of praise bring you so close to Him that as you follow the steps he illuminates, He shows you the salvation of God!

How has God provided light to your path?
What are you praying that God would illuminate for you?

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