Today’s Scripture: But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
Proverbs 4:18-19

What makes sports so great? For example, why does the NCAA tournament elicit so much excitement? It’s because no one knows how the games will turn out. Even other sporting events that to many people seem mundane can cause great interest in others because of unpredictability. The drafts, trading deadlines, and free agencies all get people interested based solely on the fact that they are wondering what will happen and how the team will be affected. The randomness of sports is what makes it entertaining. When the outcome is known, there is no drama or excitement. For example, If you’re watching a recorded game, and you know how it ends, whatever the current situation, there would be no anticipation other than wanting to see what you already know.

Life should not be like this. That’s not to say that life isn’t unpredictable at times, but that our lives should have definite direction. God’s Word is continually described as a light, and God’s way as straight. When we are following God, He illuminates our way and makes our path straight before us. But when we leave His plan and ignore His Word, we open ourselves up to wandering into all sorts of problems.

When we abandon our sources of direction, we will be aimlessly lost in the darkness. We will stumble and fall because we can’t see what is in our way. Without a light to see the way, we will not be able to avoid the pitfalls.

Unlike sports, we have the ability to choose the outcome. We can stick to God’s Word and allow Him to illuminate our path so we can see the things we need to avoid, or we can leave the light of His Word and wander through the darkness, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.

As Christians, we can anticipate the fact that one day we will be in Heaven with God. He has given His Word, and we can rest in His promise. Just as God wants us to be sure of our salvation, He wants us to be sure of our path. He has given everything we need to walk the straight and narrow. Let’s be sure to walk in the light of His Word, rather than stumble over the unknown in the darkness.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.