|1. How deep is the ocean?
|2. How much money is there in the world
|3. Can a bee fly all the way to space?
|4. What is the largest number in the world?
What happens when you add one to it?
|5. Why is water wet? If you dry the water, is it still water?|
The Word is a LIGHT
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Read: Psalm 119:105–112 | Additional Reading: Psalm 119:130
Psalm 119 is a wisdom psalm that expounds on God’s word as the perfect guide for life. In verse 105, the psalmist says that God’s word is a lamp to his feet and a light to his path. In the ancient Near East, a lamp was a small bowl with a pinched lip on the side where the wick would sit. Filling the bowl with oil, you would light the wick, providing enough light to illuminate a dark path.
As we go through life, we’re frequently faced with situations beyond our ability to navigate: decisions we have to make, challenging circumstances we face, ideas and ideologies we have to wrestle with. We try to figure things out on our own, but without a guide, we stumble in the darkness. We need a trustworthy light to illuminate the dark path in front of us.
In God’s word, we find such a guide. In 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul tells us that all Scripture is God’s breathed-out word, meaning the words found in the Bible are from God. Do you have someone in your life who is so reliable that when they tell you something, you trust their words without question? You can trust them because their character has proven to you over time that they are trustworthy. And if we can trust a person’s words, how much more can we trust the words of our perfect God, who has proven time and again that he is good? God’s word is a trustworthy and reliable guide because God is a trustworthy and reliable guide.
You may currently face a situation beyond your ability to navigate—a decision you have to make or a challenging circumstance you have to respond to. God’s word is a bright light to guide your dark path and provide you with the wisdom you need. And not only will God’s word give you wisdom, but in obeying God’s word, you will grow as a person of wisdom who can shine his light in a dark world.
Write down your thoughts on today’s devotional. Pray that God will continue to speak as you reflect.
Think of a time when God’s word has given you wisdom during a difficult circumstance. Spend time in thanksgiving for his guidance.
Praise God that he is trustworthy and reliable. Are there areas in your life where you can better trust God’s Word for guidance?
God’s word GUIDES US.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
Heavenly Father, you have given me your perfect word as a guide through this imperfect world. Because you are good, trustworthy, omniscient, and kind, I can lean into your guidance in every situation I face. You care about my life and the decisions I have to make. Your word has the power to bring order to chaos and is light in the darkness. I have no reason to fear. As I hide your word deep in my heart, teach me how to read and apply it to my life. Amen.
Ang Salita ay isang ILAW
.Ang salita nʼyo ay katulad ng ilaw na nagbibigay-liwanag sa aking dadaanan.
Basahin: Salmo 119:105–112 | Karagdagang Babasahin Salmo 119:130
Ang Salmo 119 ay isang salmo na puno ng karunungan at nagbibigay ng kaliwanagan tungkol sa salita ng Diyos—ang ganap na gabay para sa buhay. Sa ika-105 na talata, sinabi ng mang-aawit na ang salita ng Diyos ay ilaw na nagbibigay-liwanag sa kanyang dadaanan. Sa Sinaunang Malapit na Silangan, ang lampara ay isang maliit na mangkok na may tila pinisil na itaas na bahagi kung saan nilalagay ang mitsa. Pinupuno ng langis ang mangkok at sinisindihan ang mitsa. Ito ay nakapagbibigay ng sapat na ilaw upang magliwanag ang isang madilim na daan.
Sa ating pagsabak sa buhay, madalas tayong humaharap sa mga sitwasyon na higit pa sa kakayahan nating pagdaanan: mga desisyong kailangan nating gawin, mga mapaghamong sitwasyong kinakaharap natin, mga ideya at ideolohiyang nilalabanan natin. Sinusubukan nating alamin ang mga bagay nang mag-isa, subalit kung walang gabay, nadadapa tayo sa kadiliman. Kailangan natin ng maaasahang ilaw na magbibigay liwanag sa madilim na daanan sa ating harapan.
Sa salita ng Diyos, makikita natin ang ating gabay. Sa 2 Timoteo 3:16, sinabi sa atin ni Pablo na ang buong Kasulatan ay isinulat sa pamamagitan ng kapangyarihan ng Diyos. Nangangahulugang ang lahat ng salita sa Bibliya ay mula sa Diyos. Mayroon bang tao sa buhay mo na labis na maaasahan kung kaya’t kapag may sinabi siya, pagkakatiwalaan mo ito nang walang pagdududa? Pinagkakatiwalaan mo siya dahil sa loob ng mahabang panahon, pinatunayan niya na siya ay mapagkakatiwalaan. Kung mapagkakatiwalaan natin ang mga salita ng isang tao, gaano pa natin dapat na mas pagkatiwalaan ang mga salita ng ating perpektong Diyos, na patuloy na nagpatunay na Siya ay mabuti? Ang salita ng Diyos ay isang mapagkakatiwalaan at maaasahang gabay dahil ang Diyos ay isang mapagkakatiwalaan at maaasahang gabay.
Maaaring sa kasalukuyan ay may kinakaharap kang sitwasyon na higit pa sa kakayahan mong pagdaanan—isang desisyon na kailangan mong gawin o kaya ay mapaghamong sitwasyon na kailangan mong tugunan. Ang salita ng Diyos ay isang maliwanag na ilaw na magsisilbing gabay sa iyong madilim na daanan at magbibigay ng karunungan na kakailanganin mo. At hindi ka lamang bibigyan ng salita ng Diyos ng karunungan, kundi huhubugin ka rin nito upang ikaw ay makapagbigay din ng Kanyang liwanag sa isang madilim na mundo.
Isulat ang mga naisip mo tungkol sa debosyonal ngayong araw. Ipanalangin na patuloy na mangusap sa iyo ang Diyos habang lalo mong pinag-iisipan ang mga ito.
Isipin ang isang panahon kung kailan binigyan ka ng salita ng Diyos ng karunungan sa gitna ng isang mahirap na sitwasyon. Maglaan ng panahon upang pasalamatan Siya sa Kanyang patnubay.
Purihin ang Diyos dahil Siya ay mapagkakatiwalaan at maaasahan. May bahagi ba ng iyong buhay kung saan maaari kang mas magtiwala pa sa patnubay ng salita ng Diyos?
Ang salita ng Diyos ang GABAY NATIN.
Ang salita nʼyo ay katulad ng ilaw na
nagbibigay-liwanag sa aking dadaanan.
Ama namin sa langit, ibinigay Ninyo sa amin ang Inyong walang kamaliang salita bilang gabay sa mundong puno ng kamalian. Dahil Kayo ay mabuti, mapagkakatiwalaan, nakakaalam ng lahat ng bagay, at puno ng kabaitan, magagawa kong sumandal sa Inyong patnubay sa lahat ng sitwasyong kakaharapin ko. Kayo ay may malasakit sa buhay ko at sa mga desisyong kailangan kong gawin. Ang Inyong salita ay may kapangyarihang isaayos ang kaguluhan at magbigay ng liwanag sa kadiliman. Walang dahilan para matakot ako. Habang ibinabaon ko ang Inyong salita sa aking puso, tulungan po Ninyo ako upang maipagpatuloy ko ang pagbabasa at pamumuhay nang naaayon sa sinasabi nito. Amen.
The Word is a LIGHT
Spend some time talking and trying to come up with answers to the following questions. Do not search the Internet nor do any research elsewhere. Any answer you come up with is okay.
1. How deep is the ocean?
2. How much money is there in the world
3. Can a bee fly all the way to space?
4. What is the largest number in the world? What happens when you add one to it?
5. Why is water wet? If you dry the water, is it still water?
Feel free to add similar questions if you can think of more:
Do you have answers to the questions? Do you think your answers are correct? Or did the questions leave you even more confused than when you started? Sometimes, it is fun coming up with wacky answers to questions that seem to be unanswerable.
You know what? There are also times when we have unanswerable questions in our lives. Like, why do bad things happen to a person? These questions are definitely not fun to answer, but we have a Book that can shed light to some of our questions.
READ THE WORD
Let’s read Psalm 119:105–112 (NIV).
105Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. 106I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. 107I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word. 108Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. 109Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law. 110The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts. 111Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. 112My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end. ”
Psalm 119:105–112 (NIV)
In the last few months and years, many of us have experienced trying times and different challenges. Sadly, sometimes, our circumstances have brought us to the end of our wits. With clouds of darkness and uncertainty hanging over us, it seems that there is no end to this tunnel. But as we travel through this dark and unclear path, God’s word can be our light to guide us and to protect us. When we don’t know what to do, God’s word can give us wisdom. When we are tempted, it can steer us away from sin’s path. When we are in doubt, its truth will help us clear our vision and when we feel hopeless, its promises will point us to the One who is in control of the future. We can trust what it says because it is from God.
4–6 years old
• What do you do when you are in the dark and you need to look at something?
7–12 years old
• Do you read the Bible every day? How has it encouraged you and given you wisdom and clarity in the
past year? Share a specific situation with your family.
• How did God’s word help you through a difficult time in the past?
• How do you hide God’s word in your heart?
Just as light keeps us from stumbling in the dark, God’s word also keeps us from stumbling as we go through life. Let’s keep reading God’s word. Let’s learn to meditate on it and hide it in our hearts. Let’s do what it teaches us to do. As we do, God will use it to speak to us, to guide us, and to give us clarity in the midst of our circumstances.
Dear God, thank You for Your word because it gives us light in these dark times. Thank You because it has the power to guide and protect us. Please help us to come to Your word whenever we feel doubt and uncertainty creeping in our hearts. Help us also to believe and to obey what it teaches. In Jesus’ name, amen!
Today, when we say light, we normally think of the manmade sources of lights that we are so used to, like electric lights, flashlights, and other similar lights. But the first time light appeared was on the first day of creation when God created it. Light is so vital to life that it was the first thing God created! Without it, our world would be plunged in total darkness. Through the centuries, because of advancement in technology, we no longer just rely on natural light, which are the sun and the moon. Man has developed many different kinds of artificial light.
The following is a brief look at the different sources of light that man has used:
• Sun, when God created it
• Candles, around hundreds of years before Christ
• Gas lamps, invented around the 1700s
• Modern lights (light bulbs, fluorescent, etc.), around the 1800s up to the present
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