"For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life."Proverbs 6:23andThe Candle"No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light."Luke 8:16-----Optics is the study of light;And so is God's word.Light is God's chosen symbol, His first creation, His manifestation, and His introduction to our world and to our lives.Light is what conquers darkness, gives us direction, steers us toward eternity and instructs us in how to live.-We can leave the lights off all day long by neglecting God's word all day long or enjoy great visual clarity.-We can shut off the lights in someone's desperate life by failing to have the light on in our own or contribute to true light and life by the illumination we allow in our own.We can be as dark as we want to be or as "lit up" as we want to be ... but it isn't God's fault if we choose to linger in darkness.----This month we're trusting God to give us light through this particular study.In an effort to keep the light burning bright ... I thought I'd share a study method that I'm implementing as we go with the hopes that you might find it helpful as well.Each evening I vertically record the number of days we have passed through and allow for space in between:1.2.3.I look at each number and sketch out a basic illustration of the parable for that day by utilizing the number itself in the illustration (it's a wondrous memory tool.)For instance # 1 is utilized as part of a house with stick tables and stick people sitting at it, representing the parable of The Great Banquet. By implementing this most childlike strategy, the Proverb is brought to mind (Turning in to eat at Wisdom's table and listening to her so that her spirit can be poured out on me...) and Christ illuminates Himself wonderfully and keeps the light of His word on longer. # 2 takes on the look of a pearl and a swan diving in after it (The pearl of great price and seeking and searching after wisdom.) #3 becomes a part of the flower with a bird flying over the top (The lily and the Raven) bringing to mind the Trust Proverb. And so on ...By utilizing a very childlike strategy, our minds can retain and remain with a powerful passage of scripture in a highly memorable way throughout the day. Consider it a partial goal of this study to implement new strategies in your life for keeping the light on a little bit longer and see what works for you!For all of you who have joined me thus far, I'm delighted.Keep the candle glowing, the light on, and God's good word open.Let's continue to see how He might reveal Himself to us and through us as the days progress and develop the habit of encouraging others in the process.----Lord, help us to make a new discovery in Your word today. Give light to our eyes and direction to our feet. Cause us to rehearse your truths continually and so keep Your word on the forefront of our minds and in ready use for one who may have need (ourselves included.)Illuminate dark pockets in our lives, Lord, where sin has creeped in or where we have grown lethargic or unresponsive. Grant us a spirit of repentance and a steady light for decisions we are about to make.Amen.----THREE QUESTIONS:1) Which parable and truth comes most readily to your mind thus far ... and why?2) What is your strategy for keeping God's word on the forefront of your mind throughout the day?3) What individual in your life has need of light, and how will you convey light to him/her in a practical way today?
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