In the context of Deuteronomy the people of Israel on the border of the Promise Land. After being enslaved and afflicted harshly in Egypt. God rescues them out of bondage to bring them to Himself at Mt. Sinai. After receiving Gods Law, hearing God promise to bring them to a land flowing with milk and honey, and wandering for 40 years because of their stubborn refusal to trust that God can indeed bring them to that land, the people of Israel are on the banks of the Jordan by the time they hear the glorious words of Deut. 32:46-47 which say,
“Take to heart all of the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. For they are not vain or empty words for you but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”
Did you hear it? “This Word is not vain or empty for you, it is your very life!” God let His people know that His Words were full, useful, and life for them and their children. Is it not the same with us? Indeed it is. Gods Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
Therefore if you feel like you’re in darkness and have no clear path before you in life. If you hear me talking about the Word of God being life to us and all you feel in your life is death, use the Word to light up the darkness! He will, He always will. If you do, if you turn to God through His Word, you’ll feel roses blooming in the desert, raging waters flooding dry ground, life will enter your soul. This is why Jesus said while being tempted by Satan, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.”