The Light That Is Sown

FOLLOWING THE MASTER – A Lenten Devotional

Ash Wednesday, February 10

The Light That Is Sown

8 Copyright 2016 Monica Hernandez, Ph.D.

ALight is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart@ (Psalm 97:11, KJV).

In today’s scripture, the psalmist gives us a powerful insight concerning light. He says: "Light is sown for the righteous...@ for example, those walking uprightly and in right standing with God. And as we read of the sowing of light, it is easy for us to think of the sowing of seeds. Circle that word "sown" in your Bible, and think about its meaning.

Consider for a moment that light, which is wisdom, understanding, guidance, direction, healing, deliverance, insight and discernment is sown as a seed in the life of every follower of Christ, our Master. Further, consider that all sown seeds are expected to germinate, grow and produce after their kind, and so it is with the Light of Christ that is sown in you and me.

As we give thought to that concept, we will further realize that every divine or spiritual principle understood is sown within us like a seed and that it grows and produces more of its kind. And the progress of growth will be continuous if we will focus on Christ as the Source of our light and encourage it to grow.

Also, for a moment, consider Psalm one hundred and nineteen, verse eighteen. This is a complete, powerful prayer that sheds “light” as discernment onto our affairs. In difficult times, this reading can be very helpful to us. As we practice fervent praying of that reading, as well as fasting if possible, the Spirit of the Lord will open the eyes of our understanding and reveal Himself as wondrous works and truths to us.

Asking God to Aopen your eyes to behold wondrous things out of His law@ indicates that you are asking Him to open your understanding so that you are able to discern changes and shifts He is making to cause your experience to be Awondrous.@

It is the Light of Christ as “understanding” that helps us to see God=s truths and that understanding can only come by the Spirit of the Lord.

SUGGESTED READINGS: Psalm 97:11; Psalm119:18; Eph. 1:15-18.


PRAYER:
AHeavenly Father, thank you for the light of Jesus Christ, your Son, within me. Open my understanding, Lord, that I may see  wondrous truths out of thy Word. Amen.@

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

One of the greatest gifts we could seek from God is the gift of discernment.