Words from the Heart for Sunday September 18th, 2016
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
Ephesians 1:18 (NLT)
Flooded with Light
At the beginning of the Bible, God said, “Let there be light.” We continue to need the light of His revelation to know Him more intimately, trust Him more deeply, and to love Him more thoroughly. Pray that the Lord would give you the light of the knowledge of His glory that is seen in Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:4)!
One of the highlights of visiting Niagara Falls is waiting until dusk to watch the Falls light up in a rainbow of colour. There is nothing new about this beautiful site. In the summer of 1860, Mr. Blackwell of England proposed the Illumination of the Falls in honour of the upcoming visit of the Prince of Wales. Using 200 Bengal Lights, he arranged a row of 60 of these lights below the high bank on the Canadian shoreline aimed at the American Falls. Blackwell placed another 60 lights under the Table Rock and then the remaining 80 lights were located behind the water of the Horseshoe Falls. At 10 p.m. on September 14, 1860, both the American and Horseshoe Falls were fully illuminated for the first time in history, in the presence of the Prince of Wales.
Every one of us has, at one time or another, been blinded by the light. We lived for a time across the road from Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, Florida. At one point in the tour, they turn the lights out and let your eyes try to adjust to the absolute darkness. Then they switch the light on and it is blinding. Everything comes into perspective. The frightening darkness disappears. There is a spiritual principle here. Paul writes about it in Ephesians 1:18: “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” This is a great picture – our hearts being flooded by light. When we are in spiritual darkness it is impossible to see the blessings that God brings to our lives. We are not thankful because we miss the blessings for which we are to be thankful. But when we invite Jesus Christ to be Saviour, when we invite Him to remove our sin and enter our lives by faith, for the first time ever the spiritual life makes sense. We see God in His love and grace, filling this world with His presence. As Paul says here we understand the rich and glorious inheritance that is ours in Christ. If Jesus has shone His light into your life, look for His rich and glorious inheritance that are yours in Him.
These have been words from the heart.