What do a lamp and a sword have in common? Give up yet? Well, first you have to understand that they’re synonyms. Yes, they are…they mean the same thing. They are both words to describe The Word, the Bible.
In Psalm 119:105, it says” Your Word is a lamp to my feet and light to my path.” God gave us His Word to guide us, show us the way to go, to light our path in this dark world.
“That’s great,” you may say, “but I can’t carry my Bible with me everywhere I go.” Well, nowadays, you can by downloading it on your phone. BUT even back in the days before smartphones (yes, there was such a time), there was a great way to carry the Word with you. In Psalm 119:11, it says, “I will hide Your Words in my heart that I might now sin against You.” That means, we need to MEMORIZE the Word. Jesus even says that when we memorize Scripture, the Holy Spirit will help us to recall it in times of need. (See John 14:26) In 2 Timothy 2:15, it says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the Word of truth.” It’s our DUTY to handle the Word accurately (including memorizing it), and we can’t do that if we don’t know what it says, and we won’t know what it says unless we read it!
Ok, so we learn about how the Word is a lamp in Psalms. But what about the sword?
In Hebrews 4:12, it says “For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” You see, God’s Word is convicting, it hurts, which is why people don’t want to read it, even Christians. When we’re in a bad mood, or we know we’ve done something wrong, we don’t want to be reminded of it. We want to just forget about it. So, we purposefully don’t read our Bible. But, in fact, those are the times we NEED to read it the most!
In Ephesians 6:10-17, we read about the armor of God. This is something we need to put on (takes effort), and we need to do it daily. (Another post about this will come later, but for right now…) Notice what it says about the sword. It says, “…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” We are to defend ourselves with it. It does the fighting for us. Do you know what you’re fighting with?
I know…you’re thinking, “So, Shannon, you’re telling me that a lamp and sword are similar. You’re crazy! They have different uses or functions or purposes.” Yes, you’re right. I am crazy!!! And you’re also right because a lamp and sword have very different purposes. But the Word of God has a variety of purposes too.
Look at 2 Timothy 3:16-17. It says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” God gave us His Word for many reasons. It’s a multi-purpose tool! It’s really the only tool we need, yet so many Christians leave it sitting on a shelf collecting dust!
In case you can’t tell, daily (personal) Bible reading is something I am extremely passionate about. Finding encouragement, hope, discipline, love, and purpose in the Bible is what has sustained me through many trials and will continue to sustain me. There are TONS of devotionals, apps, etc to help you study the Bible, but nothing should replace your Bible, the physical, touchable, page-turnable Book.
I pray that you will find time today (and every day) to dig deep into His Word. He’s written you a love letter…aren’t you going to read it?