sponsored by:   and 

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Simple Things

Send a link to a friend

[September 17, 2009]   -- "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."

I know this will come as a surprise to you many of you but Christianity is actually a pretty simple thing. It gets muddled and complex when we inquire about things we aren't meant to know, but as for what God really expects of us it is pretty basic. At the core of Christianity is faith, "the firm and certain knowledge of God's benevolence toward us founded on the truth of the freely given promise ofJesus Christ that is both revealed to our minds and sealed on our hearts by the Holy Spirit," (this is a pretty close paraphrase of John Calvin's understanding of faith). Faith is rooted in the Word of God, which is the Bible. In order to have faith it is a good idea to know what is in God's Word and, when we study it, we will get a pretty fair idea of how we are to live.

That's it, you build and grow your faith in God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and you read and study the Bible to nourish that faith and to live your best life through God. See? Easy. So how come it seems so hard? I think for those of us who find the Christian faith to be a challenge and who find our lives unfolding in directions we don't like the problem lies in our grasp of Scripture. The Bible should play a central role in the story of our lives. It should do exactly what the words from Psalm 119 say, it should show us which way to go in our lives. When faced with a challenging decision the teachings of the Bible should often provide clarity to our actions. The only problem is all too often we don't know what the Bible says. What is in there? What does it say to me in this life situation? We don't know. And the answer is NOT opening the Bible to some random page and sticking a finger down and saying, "aha, this is what God wants me to do!" To be Christian, more specifically to DO Christianity, we are obliged to make God's Word a lamp to our feet. It may seem daunting but just start reading and you will get the hang of it.

Prayer: Holy God, please help me to immerse myself in your Word. Guide my mind to you and show me the way you want me to go in my life. I pray in Jesus' name. Amen

[text from file received by Phil Blackburn, First Presbyterian Church]


< Recent articles

Back to top


News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries

Community | Perspectives | Law & Courts | Leisure Time | Spiritual Life | Health & Fitness | Teen Scene
Calendar | Letters to the Editor