From Touchstone Issue #34 See Full Issue

God’s Light – A Firm Foundation

Andy Corley
Prison Fellowship International President and CEO

Some wonderful friends of my wife and mine have constructed a glorious house overlooking one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall, England.

They purchased the plot, knocked down the original house, and designed and rebuilt on the same site but oriented the new house to take full advantage of the rising and setting of the sun. Despite hectic schedules for all of us, they generously share its beauty with us as their guests, when the opportunity arises in that ‘zone’ where family and friend are fluid.

Their home is spectacular. Light flows in from every window and bathes one in its warmth and quality of light.

We visited a few weeks ago and as I sat looking out over the setting sun, it reminded me of this Psalm:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.” Psalms 19:1-9 NIV 

There is real wisdom in constructing our own house (our lives) to take full advantage of the light of God Himself and of His inspired word. In fact, there is no more sure foundation for our lives as the Bible itself tells us.

According to the Psalm, everyday He bathes our planet in truth, light, revelation and wisdom. His word sprints, rejoicing in its work. It never returns void.

This past weekend, I learned a new acronym to help me apply God’s word in practical ways in my life. I thought it was helpful.

S – is there a Sin God wants me to be aware of?

P – a Promise?

A – an Attitude?

C – a Command

E – an Example?

So, let’s begin. Try SPACE with this Psalm. Let it go deep, no matter your circumstances. Draw strength, mercy, forgiveness – in fact, whatever good gift you need – from its truth.

God is good all the time.

And enjoy the view….


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