“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
Hearts of Light . . .
We can read about the ocean in a book.
We can learn about the ebb and flow of tides.
We can learn about the high concentration of salt in the air.
We can learn about the number of miles an ocean may span.
But it’s another thing completely to stand at the water’s edge.
To hear the rush of waves.
To taste the salt with every breath.
To gaze upon the immense liquid landscape that extends beyond the visible horizon.
Yes, we can lean about the ocean by acquiring facts and data, but when we experience the ocean firsthand, that’s when we truly understand its magnificence.
The Apostle Paul discovered this truth on the road to Damascus. Paul knew the Scriptures as well as anyone. He knew about Israel’s history. He knew about Mosaic Law. And he knew about the prophecies. Yet, he only knew about God.
Paul couldn’t fully know God until the light of Christ enveloped him and the voice of Christ spoke to him. In that moment, Paul experienced the truth of who God is in a totally new way. And it changed him forever.
The “light of the knowledge of God’s glory” isn’t something we can fully grasp until the light of Christ shines first in our hearts.
Like the Apostle Paul, when we meet the risen Christ, we bow before the magnificence of His greatness. His light dispels the darkness, which includes the darkness of our own understanding. This is also why we want to come to God’s Word, not only to learn about Him, but also to invite Him to speak to our hearts and to reveal Himself to us in totally new ways.
God’s Word is living and active, and through His Word, His light can penetrate our hearts — for His glory, for the light of all eternity.Leave a Comment