Illumination

the-spirit-the-bible-and-you“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. “The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee the city,” he said, “but his wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.” The boy asked, “What happened to the flea?”

That funny little story can be used, as an illustration. We might say the youngster had revelation but lacked illumination. God’s Word is a revelation to humanity. Many read it and consider it to be anything from just beautiful stories to fairy tales and foolishness. Others see the word as God-inspired and the absolute truth concerning our origins, purposes and destinations.

What leads to such a diversity of viewpoints? The first group lacks the Holy Spirit, left instead with the wisdom of this age, which comes to nothing. The second group has humbly “received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (1 Cor 2:12)

Where are you today? Do you have the Holy Spirit that illuminates His revelation? Or are you a “natural man (who) does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him…”? (v. 14) God’s word becomes a spotlight on the path of life for one; the other still wants to know what happened to the flea.

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