A Lamp unto our feet and a Light unto our path

heavens declare

 

 

 

Anyone who has ever looked up into the night sky in the country away from Ray Price’s “City Lights,” or gazed across the Gulf of Mexico from the San Luis Hotel at a sunrise on Galveston Island, or looked down into the Grand Canyon, or looked out at the Rocky Mountains from the Alpine Visitor Center outside of Estes Park, Colorado, understands what the Westminster Confession means when it says,

Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare that His will unto His Church; and afterwards for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God’s revealing His will unto His people being now ceased.” (Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter One, Paragraph One)

The heavens declare the glory of God,” and remind us that our God is a God of power, order, and might, but those same heavens cannot tell us that man is a sinner and falls short of the glory of God, that Christ came and kept God’s Law on our behalf, and that He died as a sacrifice for our sin, so that through resting in Christ alone we could have eternal life. No, it took more than the sky, the ocean, the Grand Canyon, and the beautiful mountains to tell us that; it took God’s Holy Scripture to present that Good News to us.

God, in His written Word, has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness,” (2 Peter 1:3) to establish and comfort His church. In a world that mocks Christ’s Church, it is tempting to look to the pragmatic schemes of the world to grow the Church, to nourish the Church, and to protect the Church, but we would be much wiser to look to God’s written Word for His plan to shepherd His people. His church is not an organization, business, or group of volunteers; but we are “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:8-10)

May God’s church use His Word as “a lamp unto [its] feet and a light unto [its] path” as it lives out its life in a dark and hostile world.

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