2 Samuel 14:1-15:22 John 18:1-24 Psalm 119:97-112 Proverbs 16:8-9
Verse of the day:
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)
In our Old Testament readings we have followed the life (path) of David. We’ve seen him be anointed to be the next king of Israel. We’ve seen him defeat Goliath. We’ve seen him chased by king Saul and we’ve seen him take the throne. In today’s Old Testament reading we see him running from his son, Absalom. (2 Samuel 15:13-18) And then later we’ll see him regain the throne.
Jesus’ Path In our New Testament reading we see Jesus with His disciples crossing the Kidron valley and going to an olive grove known as the Garden of Gethsemane. It is there Judas and the soldiers and officials found Jesus. John 18:10 says, “Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)” In verse 14 Jesus says, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” Jesus said he had a “cup” from the Father to drink – a job to do or a path to follow if you will. Jesus was on a path that led to the cross. And He faithfully stayed on that path doing the will of His Father.
You and I have paths too to follow. Our paths are made up of daily choices we make. What kind of path do you want to be on? I believe Psalm 119:101-104 give us some insight as to the kind of path we should be on. Psalm 119:101 says “I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.” The path we need to be on is a Righteous Path. The choices we need to make are those that are right in God’s eyes and pleasing to Him, not evil. Also, the path we need to be on is the Right Path, not the wrong one. This is making choices to do what God wants us to do. “I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.” Psalm 119:104 Next, the path we need to be on is a Lighted Path. With so many decisions to make in life, we need help. Make sure your path is lighted by God’s Word. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
If we go to our Proverb for the day we find one more insight. The path we need to walk on is a Guided Path. Proverbs 16:9 says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Let me end with two more verses from Proverbs. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5:6 Happy travels everyone and God bless.