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A Lamp to Our Feet, a Light to Our Path

Read: Psalm 119:89-112

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Prov. 3:5-6)

I can’t read those words from Proverbs 3 without traveling back in time and seeing Mr. Van Houten leading our junior high Sunday school department in the opening exercises and hearing my 12-year-old self reciting them (in the King James Version) as our memory verse. Like many others, this proverb with its exhortation and promise has guided me my whole life.

An exhortation: trust in the Lord with all your heart (positive) and don’t rely on your own understanding (negative). Take God’s Word as your truth, even when you can’t fully understand it. Use it as your rule and guide, even when it’s hard to follow. Acknowledge the Lord—his word, will, and way—in everything you do, think, and say. And then the promise: he will make straight your paths.

As always with Bible promises, this is not an ironclad guarantee that our paths will never be crooked or steep or hard or deadly. It’s an assurance that in the end the Lord will straighten them all out, and make sure they lead us straight—home to him. It includes the promise that he will be with us all the way: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Ps. 23:4). —David Bast

As you pray, give thanks to the Lord who leads us home.

About the Author

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Rev. David Bast

Rev. Dave Bast retired as the President and Broadcast Minister of Words of Hope in January 2017, after 23 years with the ministry. Prior to his ministry and work at Words of Hope, Dave served as a pastor for 18 years in congregations in the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of several devotional books. A graduate of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, he has also studied at both the Fuller and Calvin seminaries. Dave and his wife, Betty Jo, have four children and four grandchildren. Dave enjoys reading, growing tomatoes, and avidly follows the Detroit Tigers.