• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 20, 2021

Daily Reading: Psalm 36-39

Psalm 36:9

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

I took Algebra. I flunked it. Perhaps it was the teacher, she was not particularly good and was terminated mid-year. Perhaps it was the classroom, it was inside not outside where I wanted to be. Perhaps it was the textbook, it was exceedingly difficult to understand; or perhaps it was the fact that I slept through class, never did any homework, and frankly didn’t care about Algebra. Somewhere along the line someone who cared for me and tried to encourage me to study this form of math said, “Keep studying it, and the light will come on.” Well, almost 50 years later the Algebra room in my mind is still dark.

No doubt there are many subjects that are still in the darkroom state in my mind. In fact, there was a day when I was in the dark about all that Jesus was about, His Word, His Spirit, His Church, His manner of life that He expected me to live; I just didn’t, couldn’t, see it. But then one day, in October of 1986 the glorious light of the gospel illuminated me to the truth of God and His saving power. From that time until this, I have walked in that light. Now almost 35 years later, the light of God shines brighter within me than when it first begun.

You see, in His light we see light.

John 3:19 states: And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. Concerning Algebra, I loved the darkness. I did not want it, did not like it, did not desire it, and did not care about it (perhaps this is the reason I failed it). Frankly, before October of 1986 I was the same way about the Lord. The darkness was my comfort and cover. Yet, when it became clear to me that I needed the Lord, He shined His light in my life because He loved me and wanted to give me the free gift of salvation.

Now, if Algebra could do that for me…I may have passed the class.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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