Let Us Reason Together Part 15 – God Establishes Our Paths

by Mike Ratliff

Nun. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules. I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word! Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your rules. I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law. The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts. Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart. I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end. (Psalms 119:105-112)

When I was an immature Christian, I was continually baffled by commands in scripture to do things I knew I could not do. No matter how hard I tried, I could not obey those commands consistently. I became greatly discouraged. I wanted to become mature, but I could not make myself do it because I did not know how. I would read Psalms 119:105 and become perplexed because I did not know what that really meant. The problem was I would read the Word and not see any way I could apply what was there to my life without my will power becoming a great deal stronger. I looked in scripture for the method or way I could apply to myself so I could finally mature my will power to the point my righteousness would exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees. Of course, I never found it because it does not exist. Our will power is corrupt and hopelessly inadequate for obedience to our Lord. Continue reading