Monday, November 28, 2016

God’s Light - Martin Wiles

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to those he called. Ephesians 1:18 NLT

My world came crashing down, but it was too dark for me to see it. 

On one of the first few camping trips my brother and I and my two children took, we discovered the need for a good tent. I had purchased two small tents—one dome shaped and the other military style. My son and I slept in the military style. 

During the night, our tent came tumbling down. I fumbled for my flashlight, and after turning on the light understood why. My son had dislodged one of the poles. Not only had the pole collapsed but the tie out line had unhooked from the stake. Luckily, I located the stake, re-attached the line, and re-erected our tent. But only because I had light. 

The light Paul wanted early Christians to be flooded with didn’t come from a flashlight—or in his time an oil lamp. Rather, it would come from understanding the wonderful present and future they had because of God’s light of salvation. 

When God’s light shines into my life, it will enable me to understand Him. While the process of fully understanding God is never complete—His ways and thoughts are higher than mine—knowing Him as my Lord gives me a fuller understanding of who He is. He’s not just a far-off deity who really doesn’t care about the affairs in my life. He’s a close-up friend and Savior who has my best interests at heart. 

God’s light helps me comprehend His plan. He has a unique plan for each one of His followers. We don’t have to aimlessly wander around pondering what we’re supposed to do. I can know God’s desire for me and join Him in fleshing it out. 

God’s light shining into my life allows me to see a bright future. Life on earth can be abundant, but life in the future will be more so. Regardless of what I have or don’t have on earth, or regardless of how I’m treated, I will be loved for eternity by the One who gave His life for my sins. 

When God’s light of understanding pours into my life, I’ll see the matchless inheritance I’ve been given. Everything that belongs to God’s Son belongs to me. I am a joint heir with Christ. 

It’s amazing what a little light can do. Are you experiencing God’s light?

Prayer: Father, flood our heart with light so we might understand all You have in store for us.

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