The more we are jarred and shaken

Last night, before our 10 pm study at the gym, the owner (also our neighbor) shook his phone as he made a comment and his light (for unlocking doors and such I guess) came on. Made me think that the more we are jarred and shaken in this broken world, the more we will shine.

In the cathedral of our hearts

Ed M. chose one of my favorite verses for today’s devotional. He wrote,

The light is here. God asked His followers to be “radiant,” to “throb and swell with joy,” Isaiah 60:5a. It is not the stained glass in our building but the poetry of our soul that penetrates the darkness. We are a light—a reflection of Him—when He dwells in the cathedral of our hearts, Psalms 89:5; Isaiah 2:5.

Focus question: How strong is the light shining in you and through you?

Fires atop ancient towers

“Shine like lights,” says Scripture, and so Christians have their task in the world. Ed M. looks at the background briefly in today’s devotional.

This may be an allusion to the towers in ancient times that were built at a harbor entrance. Fires burned atop these towers at night to guide ships safely into port. Hence, we “shine like stars” so that those in darkness may see light and find life in Jesus.

Focus question: To whom have I served as light thus far in my life, so that someone has found life in Jesus? How can I be effective in this task?

Of the many beautiful and true ideas which…

Of the many beautiful and true ideas which the utterance ‘God is light’ suggests to us, three are specially prominent in this Epistle; intelligence, holiness, and communicativeness. The Christian, anointed with the Holy Spirit, and in communion with God in Christ, possesses [1] knowledge, [2] righteousness, and [3] necessarily communicates to others the truth which he knows and the righteousness which he practises.

https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/1-john-1.html