A note about reading …
Reading has always been important. But there was a time when it was reserved for the elite – most of the world’s work force could get along just fine without reading. As the years passed, it became more and more important for people to know how to read and as the number of people who could read increased, so did the demand that those skills be used at work. Today, there are few jobs that allow a person to get along without reading.
We have become so accustomed to the need to read and it has become so much a part of how we run our businesses and personal life that we have had to learn how to read quickly in order to meet a deadline. We essentially read many things to “get the gist” of the message. This may be satisfactory for the odd office memorandum giving information, asking for information, or requesting guidance in the workplace. But it has little to offer when it comes to reading something that is more complicated and richer in meaning than a report that “the dumpster wasn’t emptied this morning” and “why wasn’t it?”
The situation is complicated when we start to consider what effect the proliferation of the internet has on reading. It has been shown that today’s internet readers are skimmers. The best webpage presentation practices, we are told, provide brief paragraphs – rarely more than a couple of sentences – that have a section heading that is in slightly larger type and bold type-faced. The subheadings in an article are skimmed quickly and hopefully will indicated to the reader if there is information in the paragraph that follows.
Reading Scripture …
Many times, I find that scripture becomes more alive when I sit down and take the time to read it in a deliberate manner. The following is a passage – John 1:4,5 – that I deliberately sat down and read each word and phrase and paused after each to reflect on what was written.
4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John continues talking about the Word. “In Him was life.” This is no ordinary life – this is the life of love and holiness and righteousness and truth and redemption. This is life unexplainable, unfathomable, and eternal. This life is what every man, woman and child wants, but cannot create.
The life is a light that shines in the darkness of this fallen world. Adam handed over to Satan this world that the Father created and in his bid to claim the people of the world as his own, he plunged the world into a darkness of ignorance and rebellion, blinding man’s eye to the reality of God. We sit in this darkness unable to find the way of truth or holiness on our own.
But try as he might, neither Satan nor his demons could overtake the light and the life. He tried it in the desert for forty days and forty nights; he tried it by working through the establishment of the day; he thought he had a victory on the day the Word was hung from the cross of Golgotha, but that was the greatest of victories for the Word.
As children of God, all mankind has the opportunity to gain the light that shines in the darkness. We need only accept the Word and allow the life and the light into our hearts. Then the light of life will shine the way for us to the teachings of God and the way of holiness and truth.
1 John 1:5-7:
5. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
and Psalms 36:9:
9. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
God Bless, and thank you for reading.