“However, it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him,’ but God revealed it to us by his Spirit.”
– 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
Businesses need a way to differentiate their products and services from their competitors. One way is to produce a logo/graphic that is unique and communicates ownership. If Coca-Cola and Pepsi didn’t brand themselves, you wouldn’t know which one was which (and taste tests prove most people can’t tell the difference). They essentially are the same product, but each one has built up a following based on what one “gains” by purchasing. Some companies use their logo to create additional interest or tell you more about who they are. Some are hidden, and once you discover it, you can’t NOT see it anymore. Some more famous examples of these include:
- The arrow between the “E” and “X” in FedEx.
- “Mom” is cleverly hidden in the collar of the little girl from Wendy’s.
- Cisco’s logo has two meanings – it’s a digital signal, and since Cisco was founded in San Francisco, it is the shape of the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Amazon’s arrow stretches to specific letters, confirming they sell everything from “A to Z.”
- Look closely and you’ll see “31” in the middle of the Baskin Robbins image.
- The middle “T’s” in Tostitos are two people with chips, dipping into a bowl of salsa, which is the dot on the “i.”
- Every letter of Toyota is embedded in its logo.
- Finally, Hyundai’s logo may look like an “H,” but according to the car manufacturer, it symbolizes two people shaking hands: the company and the customer.
We’ve all read scripture and come across verses that we couldn’t see the message or meaning. We can go to a commentary, Google it, or even ask Siri/Alexa if we really get stuck. Perhaps, instead, we should be patient in studying a confusing or unclear scripture passage and not look for the quick answer.
We see in God’s Word, times where the Disciples had to ask Jesus for help interpreting what He was teaching about. Two of these are The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast (Matthew 13:31-43). “Explain it to us,” they ask Jesus. Later in that same chapter, Jesus shared the Parable of the Net, and after telling the story, He asked them “Do you understand all these things?” and they replied “Yes.” They sat and listened, taking in the Parables, and eventually, it was revealed. What a wonderful example of how to listen for what the Lord was wanting them to grasp.
Some other scriptures to reference:
James 1:22-25: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
Hebrews 4:12-13: “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword.”
II Timothy 3:16-17: “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting…”
We will receive other benefits such as: We get to know Him better and to see more clearly the attributes we should assign to Him. We gain knowledge to quickly decipher when God’s word is being distorted or quoted incorrectly. Bible study is also beneficial, not only for believers but for bringing others to Jesus and salvation. And so much more!
Pray: “Father, help me to stay in your Word each day, and make it come alive so I can have more understanding and stand strong. Give me the discipline to make time to study. Let me be ready as a witness for family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else who You want me to engage with. Amen.”
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