“The unfolding of Your [glorious] words give light; Their unfolding gives understanding to the simple (childlike)” [Psalms 119:130, AMP].
The Word of God has often been referred to as the manual by which we should live our lives as Christians. However, God’s Word is more than that; it is more than the written letters bound together in a manual. The Word of God was present during creation and when this current heaven and earth passes away, the Word of God will still remain. If the Word of God is everlasting, then it has to be living. Yes, the Word of God is “alive and active” [Hebrews 4:12, Phillips], and if alive, then it does more in us than to guide us, as a device manual would. Remember that Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. Therefore, whatever the Lord Jesus did while walking on this earth, the Rhema Word of God is able to do in us, when we receive it in all its fullness.
The Word of God is light, and when that light shines, it dispels any darkness. Darkness being anything that is inconsistent with the nature, life, and Word of God. Simply put, darkness is anything that is not of God. Therefore, as we receive the Rhema Word of God, light is shone into any areas in our lives which are inconsistent with God’s will for our lives. The Word of God does this by cutting “more keenly than any two-edged sword: it strikes through to the place where soul and spirit meet, to the innermost intimacies of a man’s being: it exposes the very thoughts and motives of a man’s heart. No creature has any cover from the sight of God; everything lies naked and exposed before the eyes of him with whom we have to do” [Hebrews 4:12-13, Phillips]. Regardless of which areas of your life need diagnosing, the Word of God is able to do so. Once the problem is properly diagnosed, the same Word of God prescribes an effective and potent cure for the problem or challenge. Imagine going to a doctor who incorrectly diagnoses an ailment, and treats you with drugs which cause worse side effects. Now, instead of one challenge, you would have had two issues to deal with. However, the Word of God does not misdiagnose, because it goes to the core and the heart of the problem and deals with it from the root cause; the soul and the spirit man.
The Word of God being light does not only benefit our person, it benefits our walk with God. Sometimes when we reach the crossroads of life or are about to take major decisions, we pray and seek God’s face about ordering our steps in the right direction. After all, we are cognizant of the fact that, “There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, But its end is the way of death” [Proverbs 14:12, AMP]. This is the place that the psalmists had reached when he said “order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me” [Psalms 119:133, KJV]. When the Lord orders our steps in His Word, he does it in two folds; he shows us where we currently are and shines light on the path that we ought to take. The psalmist shows us this by saying “Your word is a lamp to my feet. And a light to my path” [Psalms 119:105]. Understand that a lamp has a limited sphere where its light shines. Therefore, often God will show you where you currently are and some of the areas around you where your feet will tread. Then His Word will show you the paths of righteousness where He wants to lead you, by shining light on the path you would need to take. So as He orders your steps, you are never confused as to which path to take and neither will you be amiss to where you are on that journey.
When light shines, it brings context. Imagine walking into a pitch black room full of objects and you are tasked to define what those objects are. More often than not, you will incorrectly define those objects. However, as soon as the light is turned on, now those seemingly undefinable objects, become easier to define. That is the same with God’s Word; “the entrance of thy words giveth light; it gives understanding to the simple” [Psalms 119:130, KJV]. The beauty of God’s Word is that when light comes, understanding comes. What are you seeking to understand about this life; people, event, circumstances? The solution is simple; simply shine the light of God unto it. Understanding is a very key tool for the Christian walk and that is why King David told his son Solomon, “with all thy getting get understanding” [Proverbs 4:7, KJV] and “attend to know understanding” [Proverbs 4:1, KJV]. The psalmist prayed, “I am Your servant; give me understanding [the ability to learn and a teachable heart]. That I may know Your testimonies” [Psalms 119:125, AMP]. A Person of understanding is one who has a teachable heart and mind. That is a person whom the Spirit of God can correct and lead. It doesn’t matter how much the Word of God can correctly diagnose a challenge, and illuminate your path to see what course to take. It takes a person of understanding to choose to walk on that path.
The entrance of the God’s Word brings light. With that light comes correct diagnosis, illumination, and understanding. What is your response to this Word? Are you going to be as the man of understanding, or would you choose to walk on the path which seems right, but its end thereof are the ways of death?