[CF Devotionals] 2009-12-08 - Turn Toward the Light

My husband was doing one of those things that it’s nigh impossible to do for oneself – aligning and fastening a snowman pin on my dress. He asked me to “turn toward the light” so he could clearly see what he was doing. And it occurred to me that we should be continuously turning toward the Light, the Light of the world.

Where many of us live, we are in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, and we need to remind ourselves to “turn toward the Light,” the “Son of God, love’s pure Light,” as the song “Silent Night” reminds us. It may sound cliché, but it’s a good idea to regularly remind ourselves of the “reason for the season,” whether by reading Christmas hymns in our devotional time, going to a service or play about Christ’s birth, in which we aren’t “doing” but can simply listen, giving gifts to someone less fortunate in honor of Christ’s concern for the poor, contributing to a special offering of your church that helps spread the Gospel - or some other means.

When it’s time to make a decision, whether one thought of as major (career direction, spousal choice etc.) or an “everyday decision” (which life is made of anyway), we need to turn toward the Light, by praying, seeking counsel from other Christians as God’s word advises us to do, and of course by studying His word.

If you are struggling with a temptation, a painful situation, you can turn toward the Light for strength, and (the scary part) for a spotlight that won’t hide or excuse the sin. We can’t overcome a sin, if we excuse it or refuse to admit its existence. And the Living Light, Christ, will illuminate what we need to change, and will help us to make that change.

And if you have never made a commitment to follow Christ, that’s the most important turn of all. If you have just claimed the salvation Christ purchased for you 2000 years ago on the cross, and aren’t sure what to do next, if you will e-mail any of us at CF Devotionals, we’ll be glad to point you in the right direction.

Turn toward the Light today.

Jan

[email jan]  cfdevpray@juno.com
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