Finding the Right Light

The tectonic plates of the art world shifted a bit last month. Experts discovered
that The Colossus, a great painting regarded as one of Francisco do Goya’s finest
works, was actually not created by the master artist, but by an understudy. The
news reporter went on to say, “In just the right light, one can see the substandard

Light makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Ever wonder why bars are so dimly lit?
Insufficient light hides inconvenient details. And aren’t you glad your surgeon has
that brilliant light above him as he strives to do everything exactly according to
procedure during your surgery?

Is it coincidence that God’s Word, the Bible, is called “a lamp to my feet and a  light
for my path”? No, only the perfect Light of God in His Word can reveal the “substandard
technique” in our lives. When we view ourselves in the world’s light, we seem fine.
The culture’s dime light casts shadows on self-gratifying, self-glorifying thoughts
and actions; we come to think they look normal. Yet, bathe a life in God’s perfect truth
and suddenly the mediocre brush strokes of wrong motives, harsh words and impure
relationships rise to the surface.

The good news is that just like the brilliant light that enables the surgeon’s hands to
improve our physical health, God’s Word  can make us spiritually healthy — giving us new,
restored life. We need only soak it in. Its power to warm the heart is unlimited and the reach
of its rays knows no bounds. Amazingly, if we look long enough in the Light of God’s Word,
He can transform even the most mediocre life into a stunning work of art.

How often do you open the shutters of your heart and intentionally soak in the Light
of God’s Word?
What “mediocre brush strokes” might be hidden in your life right now because there’s
too little divine light shed upon it?

God’s Word to ponder….

Psalm 107:20  He sent forth His Word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave.

Psalm 119:105  Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

1 Peter 2:9  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people
belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of
darkness into His wonderful light.

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