January 23, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Matthew 4:15-16: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them, a light has dawned."
The one thing we all hate the most is the darkness. And yet the Bible tells us that darkness is our natural spiritual state. Ever since humanity fell into sin, we have been "dwelling in darkness" and "in the shadow of death." Into this darkness, Jesus came as the Light of the world. Evil can't live in his presence. When Jesus arrives, all the evils that used to run freely scuttle away as fast as they can, looking for dark corners to hide.
And when Jesus the Light died on the cross at Calvary, he broke the power of death and darkness over everyone who believes in him. And when he rose from the dead three days later, he guaranteed that you and I would never have to walk in the darkness again. Jesus is alive forever, and because of Him, we will live, too. We will live in his light.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, your Son, has come to free us from the darkness. You know that, for the strangest of reasons, we want to step back into spiritual darkness. Please keep us in your Light so that we may daily reflect the Light of Jesus. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.