“Understanding your Word brings light to the minds of ordinary people.” (Psalm 119:130 CEV)
Everyone needs light. You need physical light to make sure you can see the world around you, to avoid running into obstacles.
Through his Word, God wants to provide light for your mind, too. The Bible says, “Understanding your Word brings light to the minds of ordinary people” (Psalm 119:130 CEV).
God wants to give light — his light — to every single person. He wants to light up our minds with the truth of who he is and his next step for our lives.
Biblical meditation is often the key to turning on that light. You have to soak your mind in the light. Biblical meditation isn’t losing your mind to the universe; it’s focusing it on the Word of God. When you do that, you bring light to your life.
Through his Word, God helps you to see life through a different perspective. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” God’s Word gives us direction in life; it shows us the path God wants us on.
When that psalm was written, the “lamp” was a candle in a lamp people would carry around. Today, it would be a flashlight. If you hold a flashlight and you want more light down your path, you have to take the next step. Many times I’ve been stuck and looking for a light from God for my whole path. But God gives us just enough light for the next step. You take that next step, and God gives you light for the step after that.
One of the best ways to turn on the light of God’s Word is to pray God’s Word, like Psalm 119:18: “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” You want to see wonderful things from God’s Word, right? Ask God to open your eyes to what he wants to do through your life.
He’s ready to turn the light on.
Talk About It
- How has God seemed like a mystery to you? In those times, did you turn to God’s Word for answers?
- Do you just wait for God to make something clear, or do you ask him for his clarity and discernment?
- What do you think the difference is between reading the Bible and biblical meditation?
Rick Warren on Muslims, Evangelism, and Missions -- Pastor Rick often says “you never win your enemies to Christ, only your friends.” And he's gone past the limits some believers are willing to broach in order to form friendships and love a world in need of Jesus. Because this part of Pastor Rick’s ministry is sometimes misunderstood, we offer this interview where he clearly explains his beliefs and the biblical foundation for reaching out to those who do not believe in Christ, even if it means going places where the Gospel is never preached.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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