A Lamp Unto My Feet

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 

2 Timothy 3:16


The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

                                               Isaiah 40:8

I was flipping through my Bible the other day, marveling at the crispness and cleanness of the pages in the Old Testament, and contrasting them with those in the New Testament—dog-eared, highlighted, notes jotted within the margins and between paragraphs. I have read every book of the Bible (I’m not saying that boastfully; it has taken me years, and I’ve not been as diligent as I’d like to be, and yes, I admit to skimming through the begat, begat, begat.) and I’m confident that I’ll do it again, but this time in a much more studious and engaged manner. And then again, and again, I’m sure.

It struck me as odd, though, that as much as I seem to prefer to read the New Testament, most of the verses that I draw strength and comfort from and cling to in time of need are in the Old Testament. To wit:
  • Feel alone? God tells us “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10).
  • Overwhelmed? Hear His words from Isaiah 43:1b-3a: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
  • Lost and forgotten? He promises “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.” (Isaiah 49:16)
  • Frightened? Read Psalm 91, from the beginning (“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”) to the end (“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”)
  • Need affirmation? David tells God in Psalm 139 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”

Now don’t get me wrong—the New Testament is overflowing with verses that resonate with me, and provide comfort, hope, and express God’s love for me – recall Paul’s words to the church in Rome: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39).

I’m not choosing sides between Testaments. What I am realizing, though, is an appreciation for the Old Testament that I hadn’t truly had before. Years ago I’d sought counsel from others on Facebook to help me understand why I should read it, and my former boss replied that to him, it was a picture of God’s patience and forgiveness, and willingness to hold true to the promises He made to the children of Israel, no matter how many times they disappointed Him. That’s exactly why I find such comfort in those favorites I’ve listed—they speak God’s exquisite mercy, love, and constancy directly into my soul. I pray that they do the very same for you.

Prayer Requests

  • For families living with the burden of addiction
  • For the comfort, hope, and healing to those with health issues
  • For encouragement and support for those who are caregivers
  • For a genuine and authentic witness
  • For His church, and for us to know and trust His will


I’ve come to realize that it’s through the writing of these devotionals that I have come to know more about Him. Thank you for being a captive audience to my sometimes meandering, less-than-cogent thoughts.


“Repeat after me: “My current situation is not my final destination.””

“Being a Christian demands constant progression, not perfection.”