Devotions from Judy’s heart

When we know the Lord, we are called to be lights and we are to let them shine, shine, shine. As a child I and our whole Sunday School, memorized the scripture in Matt.5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” It didn’t seem so dark back then, for our pastor preached the Word as truth, we believed our elders that they would speak truth, and we knew we shouldn’t compromise and go the way of the world.

But today it seems that there is a blurring of right and wrong, lights are flickering and growing dim. Mark Roberts of Fuller Seminary writes about a “flickering light” and how leadership and organizations are flickering and growing dark. In Isaiah 42:6-8 (The Message) it says, “I am God, I have called you to live right and well. I have taken responsibility for you, kept you safe. I have set you among my people to bind them to me., and provided you as a lighthouse to the nations, to make a start at bringing people into the open, into light: opening blind eyes, releasing prisoners from dungeons, emptying the dark prisons.” God wants to work through us powerfully and let us not get overwhelmed by the darkness.

When we met recently with 3 couples from our former Board for Canaan’s Rest, Al spoke out about us being lights and what does that mean for us today. All couples are being used in their churches and one couple was especially being lights to their grandchildren. Another couple He is using with Celebrate Recovery and also their house as a place for refuge. Another couple was being used in their workplace and mentoring others, as well as family. We are all called to let our lights shine and come along side others who are discouraged and flickering. Some may be like smoldering wicks or bruised reeds and need the light to shine on them and give them hope. Let us not be flickering ourselves but burning brightly and pointing others to Him.

Challenge for today: When you find yourself flickering, get into the Word and find fellowship with others.

Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy