You don’t have to stumble along in darkness. You really don’t.
God, by His word, gives light: He wants to guide your steps. His teaching, enabled by His Spirit, is understandable to us even when we’re at our simplest. He means that we’d not be overcome by evil desires, and that we’d not feel alone in darkness. He means that we’d understand His ways — His best for us — and that we’d be prepared to meditate on His care.
God looks upon you with love: He saved more than 800,000 words for you! Words meant to explain your surroundings and the God who created and runs your world; words that speak of Jesus, from the first to the last.
We choose to stumble along in darkness — like someone blindfolded — when we ignore His words, when we ignore His commandments and guidance and teaching. We choose directionlessness.
We’re actually cruel to ourselves:
“We are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God who created it and runs it. The world becomes a strange, mad, painful place, and life in it a disappointing and unpleasant business, for those who do not know about God…When we disregard the study of God, we sentence ourselves to stumble through life blindfolded, with no sense of direction and no understanding of our surroundings…if you believe you can secure a knowledge of God without the Bible, you’re making a very grievous mistake. God doesn’t mean for you to. God does mean for you to focus on the Scriptures and learn from Him through the Scriptures. That’s His appointed way.” (J. I. Packer)
The teaching of your word gives light,
so even the simple can understand…
Guide my steps by your word,
so I will not be overcome by evil…
Look upon me with love;
teach me your decrees.
Help me understand the meaning of your commandments, and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.
(Psalm 119:130-135, 127)
Choose life, dear friends. Choose His word. Ask Him to look upon you with love, then open your Bible and read. Read to know. Read to meditate. Read to learn and obey.
Read to fall in love.
With Jesus. The lover of your soul.