The Bible a Perfect Guide —- A Light For My Path
Thy word is a light unto my feet and a light unto my path. Ps 119: 105
We all need a guide through the many strait places in life as much as the sailor needs a pilot over the sand bar up the rocky river, and where is this guide to be found? We point you to the Bible.
God has give us His Word as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Its teachings have a vital bearing on our prosperity in all the relations of life…
The Bible is the great standard of right and wrong, clearly defining sin and holiness. Its living principles, running through our lives like threads of gold, are our only safeguard in trial and temptation. The Bible is a chart, showing us the waymarks of truth. Those who are acquainted with this chart will be enabled to tread with certainty in the path of duty, wherever they may be called to go.
When faith in God’s Word is lost, the soul has no guide, no safeguard. The youth are drawn into paths which lead away from God and from everlasting life.
To this cause may in great degree be attributed the widespread iniquity in our world today. When the Word of God is set aside, its power to restrain the evil passions of the natural heart is rejected.
When God’s Word is made the man of our counsel, when we search the Scriptures for light, heavenly angels come near to impress the mind and to enlighten the understanding , so that it can be truly said, “ The entrance of thy words giveth light…..” Ps. 119:130.
The Word of God is light and truth…. It is able to guide every step of the way to the city of God.
E. G. White, pp 7, In Heavenly Places
March 2nd, 2011
Dim The Lights
My brother and I were driving one evening to Chattanooga, Tennessee, from Atlanta. He was driving the car. And for some reason, the drivers were very discourteous that night. They didn’t dim their lights; hardly any driver that passed by dimmed his lights. I remember very vividly my brother A.D. looker over in a tone of anger said: “I know what I am going to do. The next car that comes along here and refuses to dim the lights, I’m going to fail to dim mine and pour them on in all of their power.” I looked at him right quick and said: “Oh no, don’t do that. There’d be too much light on this highway, and it will end up in mutual destruction for all. Somebody’s got to have some sense.” Somebody must have sense enough to dim the lights, and that is the trouble, isn’t it ? That as all of the civilizations of the world move up the highway of history, so many civilizations, having looked at other civilizations that refused to dim the lights, and they decided to refuse to dim theirs. Toynbee tells that out of the 22 civilizations that have risen up, all but seven have found themselves in the junkheap of destruction. It is because civilizations fail to have sense enough to dim the lights. If somebody doesn’t have sense enough to turn on the dim and beautiful and powerful lights of love in this world, the whole of our civilization will be plunged into the abyss of destruction. We will all end up destroyed because nobody had any sense on the highway. Somewhere somebody must some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. It is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.
Source: Martin Luther King, Jr, A Knock at Midnight: Inspirations from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.