God Gives Enough Light for the Next Step - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - February 10, 2017
God Gives Enough Light for the Next Step
By Rick Warren
“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 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” (NIV). 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 that 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”(NIV). 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 It Over
- When 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?
- How would you explain the difference between reading the Bible and biblical meditation?
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