Scripture

“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” — Psalms 119:105

Devotional

People fall into one of two categories. First, there are those who always know where they are, where they’re going and which direction is north.

Second, there are people like me. I’ve lived in the same house for 15 years and even though the evening sun streams in my front door, I still believe it faces east. Thankfully for me, there is a wonderful tool called a map. Because my husband knows I’m directionally challenged, his first gift to me when we moved to Kansas City was a street index.

I still don’t know north from south, but I’m keeping Rand McNally in business.

Spiritually, we all can become disoriented. As you can see in the verses above, God’s word, the Bible, provides the direction necessary to continue our spiritual journey. But unless you spend time reading it, it’s about as useful as leaving your street index at home.

Think just a moment about what may be keeping you from spending time reading God’s word. Does it seem too complex? Does it seem incompatible with your daily life? Does it just take too much time?

Each of these questions could be asked by every Christ follower I know at different points of their lives. In fact, I’ve used every one of these excuses. But the truth is, spending time learning God’s word is the only way we can know the truth about Jesus, about God and about our own lives.

If you don’t know where to start or are continuing to struggle, ask for help. The important thing is if you are truly seeking to move ahead on your spiritual journey, you must be using your road map regularly and consistently.

Prayer

Lord God, I confess there are times I resist reading your word. Sometimes it’s hard for me to understand. Other times I just don’t want to make the time to spend with you. But I realize my life becomes disoriented and chaotic without your truth. Place a desire within me to learn more about you. Guide me to those who can help me on my journey.

Kitti Homan is an associate pastor at North Heartland Community Church

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