I spent this morning’s time of contemplation basking in the divine light of God. My initial salvation event was such an experience. The mystics talk a lot about darkness. Yes. There is a darkness you must enter as you approach God. In this darkness, you must mortify self. And yet, the goal is not the darkness. The goal is the light of God.
If you are a Christian, by definition, you have had an encounter with the light of God. The lie is that such things are rare one-time occurrences. The book of Deuteronomy records God giving to Moses and the children of Israel the second set of tablets containing the ten commandments. God revealed not only laws to live by, but the spiritual principles behind the laws.
“For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him— then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves.
Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours.”
The spiritual principle is simple. Once your feet have thread a spiritual path, that path belongs to you. Once God has given you a spiritual experience, it is yours. You can always return to it, re-experience it. Re-savor it. Re-enter the light and the presence of God.
And what did God instruct as to the prerequisite of such re-entering? “—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him— “. God’s one prerequisite is love. Yes, obedience, but obedience motivated by His one great commandment:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
God even gave to Moses the practical instructions on how to continually walk in divine light.
“Therefore, you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”
Of course, the children of Israel took this literally. They started wearing a decorative ornament on the foreheads. When the spiritual point of the instruction was that we are to keep God’s words, His loving nature ‘as frontlets between your eyes’. In other words, God’s practical instructions was for us to keep His love in our mind’s eye. In our thoughts. In our imagination.