Getting To The Light

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I've been craving the words of Jesus lately. I finished reading Psalms about two weeks ago. (It only took me 10 months.) Reading all those words over all that time was wonderful. My deliberate pace allowed me to think about each chapter and journal along the way. Psalms contains examples of praising God, pleading with Him, being honest and getting angry - but always trusting and relying on the truth of His goodness, mercy and love. It is a beautiful guide for real life.

But when I was done, I floundered for a few days. I considered diving right into the next book, Proverbs, but it didn't seem right. I picked up a couple of devotional books from my hearty stack of unread good intentions. Also not right.

I finished my notes on The Power of Positive Thinking, and noticed how much Dr. Peale references what Jesus and the apostles have to say about faith. I read about Ann Voskamp memorizing the Sermon on the Mount (memorizing!) and I watched this video on her blog. Suddenly, it hit me - I want to read about Jesus. I want to read his words. I think I know them, but do I really? I know that I've heard them before, but reading on my own is an entirely different matter. I always learn something when I simply read the Bible for myself - no agenda, no format, just curiosity.

So, I've been reading, and re-reading the Sermon on the Mount. You can find it in Matthew Chapter 5.

The second or third time through, I started to see this passage like this:

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

In the same way, let your light shine before men (your children/spouse/anyone in your house), that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

For me, this is the beauty of following the call of where I feel lead to read - a message comes through. Perhaps it is the quiet, perhaps it is Lectio Divina, perhaps it is me just listening. Either way, I am left with this question: How can I be a brighter light in my house?

That is what I'm thinking about these days. What about you?

Do you ever read the Bible just for yourself? What have you been lead to read?

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12 Responses to “Getting To The Light”

  1. This is beautiful.
    And for me, lately, the light being on a lampstand has meant me getting OUT of the way... My visions, my ideas, my wishes...  I can no longer put those before what HE is trying to do!

  2. Perfect timing on this post, friend! Today is my 30th day in a 30-day experiment I undertook in reading the Bible. I was amazing to see how my faith has transformed and how just a bit of time in the Bible each day really adds up. Especially given what you've written today, I would love to get your thoughts on it! I blog at Thanks so much! Glad to have visited you today!

  3. Right now I am using the YouVersion app to read the bible. I am slowly getting through Genesis, Psalms and Proverbs.

  4. You are the light of my house because of the way He works through you.

  5. I am right there with you, Meredith. I feel God constantly reminding me to ask him before I leap. Too often I act, then ask. 

  6. So cool - I'm coming over to visit.

  7. Well, gosh. Now I'm all embarrassed. Thank you :)

  8. StefanieYoungBrownMarch 1, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    I'm in Psalm right not with Hello Mornings.  Honestly, I had forgotten how beautiful and relevant they truly are.  I appreciate you sweet spirit and transparent heart.  I always leave your space encouraged!

  9. I love, love, love what truths come out when you read and reread a section of Scripture. Thanks for sharing this with us!!

  10. Good information,its very interesting information

  11. I have a program where I read Psalms, and I use it especially for dry desert times.  Right now I'm also reading the Bible in chronological has been very interesting.  Thank you for reminding me to take my time in a world that tries to hurry me up!