“EUREKA! I have found it!” This statement is attributed to Archimedes when he had a great scientific epiphany while taking a bath. He “discovered” the displacement of water by his body. From this, we’ve learned to measure the volume of irregularly shaped objects (geometry) and buoyancy (shipbuilding). Archimedes was reportedly so excited that he ran naked through the streets.
Thomas Edison may have had a similar reaction when he invented the light bulb. Another “epiphany.”
Of course, each of these men had devoted years to their fields of study. These “sudden revelations” or epiphanies were when all of this study had come together to an “inspired” conclusion. Edison described this by saying that “Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”
Most of us who are regular students of God’s Word, the Holy Bible, are familiar with what we might call “mini-epiphanies.” How often does the Holy Spirit deliver the exact verses of scripture we need to face life’s needs? It may be a verse that we are not already familiar with or it may be a new understanding of a very familiar verse.
EUREKA! It’s divinely inspired, right?
Of course, it happens much more frequently if we’ve laid the groundwork through regular Bible study.
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