How did we ever get anywhere before the advent of the GPS? This fantastic device provides two types of guidance. It tell us about the next turn: how far and what direction. It also informs us regarding the longer range details such as the general route, time, and distance to our destination.
Psalm 119:105 indicates that God’s Word functions as a GPS, navigating through the immediate and longer range course of our lives: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Like the GPS instructing us regarding the next turn, God’s Word serves as a lamp illuminating our next steps. One pictures a traveler walking an unknown road on a dark night. He carries a lamp that only illumines a short distance in front of him, which is enough to prevent him from tripping over obstructions and to make immediate turns.
God’s Word is also a light to our path. “Path” depicts the longer view of the journey, and “light” portrays a source such as the sun, capable of illuminating a longer stretch of road. Therefore Scripture serves as the GPS information describing longer range aspects of the trip.
Mostly, the Word of God functions as a lamp, gives short-term guidance, through its precepts, its more specific instructions. “You shall not commit adultery,” “In everything give thanks.” It provides longer-range guidance predominantly in its principles. ”As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10)
Enjoying the benefits of God’s GPS requires that we diligently study and maintain acquaintance with all of God’s Word, i.e. have the “mind of Christ,” and employ it in decision-making. How would we ever find our way without it?