Go Ahead. Take the Next Step

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

Who will win the election? What will the country be like four more years of Trump’s presidency? What will our country be like under Biden’s presidency? How many more hurricanes? Fires? When will the deaths of African Americans by the hands of police officers come to a halt? When will the vaccines be ready? When will we finally be over covid?

There are so many unknowns. No one knows.

What are Christians supposed to do in such days as these?

Listen. It’s okay not to know what our future holds. It’s okay not to know as long as you’re following the One who does know. It’s God’s job to lead. It’s our job to trust and obey.

How does God guide Christians in the thick of the fog of today’s confusion?

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

Here’s the thing about the Scriptures. We can be certain of our ultimate destination. The Scriptures are clear. God wins. God triumphs. God will make all things right. Those who reject God face God’s judgment and wrath. Those who receive Jesus, God’s gift of eternal life, will be welcomed into God’s eternity.

As for day to day illumination…God’s word shows us where we are and our next step – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

Ever go camping and use a lantern? Lanterns are great for illuminating a closed space and the area right in front. God’s word is like that. God doesn’t show us what next week, month, years will look like. What God does reveal to us is how we ought to live in the present. God’s word shows us the next step. And when we take that step, God’s word illumines the next.

That’s how it works. And it’s probably for the best. I don’t think anyone of us would have chosen to take steps into 2020 had we known how this year has been playing out.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

It’s okay not to know the way out of this fog as long as you know the One who knows all. All you need to do is to stay close to him. Trust and obey.

Go ahead. Take the next step. Begins with studying and knowing God’s word. God’s word is the light.

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