When a historian refers to the term enlightenment, its likely bringing up the age of reason spanning from 1620-1789. This intellectual movement was inspired by books such as Novum Organum and Critique of Pure Reason. Francis Baker and Immanuel Kant were guiding forces which attempted to change the way people thought about life. Yet, knowledge is not the only source for enlightenment.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life, Proverbs 9:10-11.
According to Solomon, fearing the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Scholars who hear or read this might suggest “this is absurd.” Yet, what I think Solomon is eluding to is that individuals who do not fear God become full of themselves, oblivious to the spiritual realm. Meanwhile, those who fear God develop discernment and insight. This keen awareness can lead to evenings of enlightenment when you keep in step with the Holy Spirit.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple, Psalm 119:130.
Fasting, prayer, reading the Bible and worship are vehicles for receiving enlightenment on earth. While some people set out to receive enlightenment daily, others are surprised by insight from a fast, moments in prayer, a rhema from the Bible or a moving experience in worship. While on a retreat in Indiana, I had my own evening of enlightenment. During the closing ceremony of the night, I received a revelation from God. One day later, I traveled several hours to meet my girl friend Leanne, proposing shortly afterward. When you follow through, faithful to God’s calling, enlightenment is not just an evening, its a way of life.
by Jay Mankus