20 November 2017
A Light Switched On
It's not been a great week for me, to be honest with you. Challenge after challenge, one problem after another. I've carried on regardless, but eventually this rubbish week took its toll on me. I've ended up feeling frustrated, and even bitter about what had happened (and I thought I had dealt with you, Bitterness, my old adversary). I was about as low as I could get. I wasn't exactly thrust into darkness, but life was pretty gloomy...
I sought refuge in prayer, desperately holding one to at least one aspect of my relationship with my Father in Heaven.
And today, it was like a light had switched on.
I was reading a passage about how prayer works, which explained that God speaks to His people in many ways (of course - He's God, and infinitely creative - He can use any of a hundred thousand ways to speak to His people).
Through the Bible, God speaks generally — the Word of God to everyone — and that is what scholars call logos.
He also speaks personally to individuals through His Word, and that’s rhema. God can choose to illuminate certain passages, to show how it can apply to us, or to teach us something new. Point us in the right direction.
And that's when the light switched on. (Click)
Suddenly, all the things I had been listening to today in church started to fit into place, started to make sense to me. I began to come alive again. The light level in the room went up three notches.
"But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth."
John 16:13a (NIVUK)