Families/Individuals with No Young Children

Families/Individuals with no young children, please follow this devotional by Jim Patten:

1 John 1:5-10

I hope you’re having a wonderful and blessed day!

Today’s devotional focuses on walking in the light, rejecting the darkness, and not lying to ourselves about where we stand.

“ God is light and in him there is no darkness…“. There are some days when I’m working outside in the garden or messing about on the floor assembling and disassembling wires and cables. My wife, Cheryl, tells me that I have a great love of loose wiring and never seem to go anywhere without some with me. I have bags of cabling in my closets and drawers in all shapes and sizes for all kinds of uses! Crawling on the floor and putting the right cable in the place brings me joy, I guess. My gardening tools are much the same way. I have my tools splayed throughout the garage and they are of course dirty by nature. As I work throughout the day I may not notice that my hands have become quite dirty while in the garden. When I come inside for the evening I may be tired and want to sit and relax until dinner time. Then it’s time to wash up. 

As I walk into our very bright and well lit bathroom, I placed my hands under the sink and notice that my hands are filthy! If it hadn’t been for the light, I would not have seen the soil and dirt for what it was. And ifI would’ve been content to sit in a dark corner I may have felt nothing was wrong. The bright light revealed my flaws and impurity.

Obviously, I could not go to dinner with such filthy hands. You see, God is light; God is holy. If we are going to walk with God, we are going to have to walk in the light because He is light. And by walking in the light we must recognize that we have impurity. Ask the Lord today after reading these verses to cleanse your heart and help you walk in the light!

Jim Patten