“These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:25-26).
While serving as a detective, our son Noah was assigned to escort a noted author who visited our city to deliver a series of lectures. Noah’s selection resulted from his familiarity with the author’s works. He had read his books to the degree that they were dog-eared and well worn, a fact that greatly blessed the author when Noah asked him to autograph a copy of one of his books.
In similar manner, born again believers receive God’s light based upon our voluntary exposure to that which forms within us a lamp to receive illumination.
“I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given” (Luke 19:26).
Consistent reading of Scripture prepares our wick, as it were, for the Holy Spirit’s igniting of God’s flame of truth. As in Noah’s experience, a dog-eared, well worn Bible makes it far more likely that its sacred pages will lead to personal relationship with their sacred Author. The Holy Spirit teaches those who desire to learn, as evidenced by their devotion to the Word of God.
Much of the Light we receive from reading the Bible shines forth not in the hour in which we read, but rather in later experiences of the Holy Spirit’s bringing to our remembrance those truths that personally and pointedly impact our lives. Understanding this truth greatly enhances our motivation to consistently ponder the Scriptures, whereby we become prepared lamps for God’s light. “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord” (Proverbs 20:27). Indeed, the personal illumination of today may result from Biblical considerations that took place months, years, or even decades ago. Furthermore, that which we read today may make possible future experiences of our Lord meeting us along the pathways we tread in a manner that assures our hearts of His personal presence and involvement in our lives.
“In Thy light shall we see light.”