Weekly Devotionals

11.03.2020 Devotional

11.03.2020 Devotional

Greetings Friends,

Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible…”

Ephesians 5:11-14a

Have you ever looked around at your house when the sun shines brightly through the windows? Although the sun rays are warming, almost comforting, its beams of brightness can annoyingly and embarrassingly expose all the uncleaned shelves and spaces that are covered in dust. Quite comically, the sun also shows where you have been lazy and only done a ‘half job’ sometimes in cleaning.

There is no escaping the inspection of the sun’s rays. So often, when the sun shines, it magnifies what we have avoided dealing with. The same is true with our lives. Sometimes we try to cover up our mistakes and sins, thinking that in the secret of darkness, they will be hidden and free from consequence. Yet as the apostle Paul says, eventually our ‘evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible.’

What is important to note, is that God’s light doesn’t want to expose us to embarrass us, but rather to gently correct us and protect us. For sin has power in secret, in darkness, and when it is not spoken about. Yet when exposed, sin’s power is broken. Half of the battle is bringing it out into the open, onto the light. This takes confession and repentance on our behalf.

When we confess our sins to God or to our accountability partners, God’s comforting love is like the warmth of the sun’s rays. Although our sin is exposed before the Lord, we can also soak in the warmth of God’s forgiveness and restoration. The Lord is faithful and just, and forgives us from all things we have kept in the dark. The Lord will forgive and clean us up with the warmth of God’s loving grace. We are invited to reach out to our neighbors to forgive as we are forgiven.

Prayer

Lord, help us to always live in your light and may we use that light to show your path to others. Amen.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Denise

Prayer Requests:

From Janie - My Dear Friend Helen who is on Hospice and her caregiver Sally, those touched by Cancer and suffer from Chronic Pain, Teachers and Students during this Pandemic Time, Our Country during this election week.)

Continue to pray for George & Sybil Thompson as they navigate through the medical system with George.

Please pray for our church family as we are still apart and missing each other. We are looking for ways to stay connected as a family.

**If you have someone who needs prayers, please email the church office and let us know. ( saumc@comcast.net)