September 4

Things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us . . . we will not hide them from their children.  Psalm 78:3-4

No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. Matthew 5:15

Here it is the first week of September already and children, teens and others are heading back to school. People of all ages go to schools of various types, from elementary on through college and trade schools. We place great importance on education so that the next generations will learn reading, and writing and arithmetic. We want to pass along the knowledge we have gained to our children and all those that follow us. After all, how would we know what we know if those that came before us did not teach us?

In the Psalm we see that this is important to the people of God in Israel too. Among the things to be taught are the “praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.” The children need to know all that the Lord did for their ancestors as they fled Egypt and were established in their own land. Certainly their parents and teachers will not hide this knowledge from them.

Now we move to the newer Testament with the stories of Jesus and His love for us and the salvation that comes from Him. Those that listen and believe have a bit more to do. As they are filled with the light of God they need to let others see this transformation. As someone who lights a lamp doesn’t put it under a bowl, but rather on a stand so all can see it, so too those filled with the light of God through Jesus must proclaim and let their light shine. The story needs to be told in word and deed in order for it to continue. We need to shine so that others may see God at work in our lives and want Him in their lives too.

Lord, thank you for all you have done for us. Help us to live our lives, so that others may see the reflection of your light and love through us. May we demonstrate your love in our homes, our churches, and our communities each day. Amen.

Chris Gabel