Dark Corners

Tim Savage

"I will search with lanterns in Jerusalem's darkest corners to punish those who sit complacent in their sins. They think the Lord will do nothing to them, either good or bad." (Zephaniah 1:12)
How often I have justified a sin because no one has seen me or because it didn't affect anyone else. How often I've felt like the darkness or the solitude has saved me from judgment. How foolish I am for thinking that God doesn't see all that I do each and every minute, He sees my every action and knows my every thought.

I must have a healthy fear of my omnipotent and omniscient God. I must live my life knowing that nothing is hidden from Him and that I am laid out like a book in front of Him. I need to live to please Him in all that I do rather than to please myself.

This morning, this was a passage that I had hoped I could avoid and find something easier to journal on. I thought that I would certainly find something in the New Testament, so that I wouldn't have to face this lesson in Zephaniah. But there was a growing feeling of certainty as I read, that I would have to return and deal with Zephaniah's words. I even read John 9 twice!
I prefer to think about God in terms of His power, love and grace, instead of His anger, jealousy and judgment. But God is not "either/or," He's "both/and." He is, of course, loving and merciful, but He is also strict and uncompromising. These chapters in Zephaniah are a strong reminder that I am seen at my best, but also at my worst, and I must live in such a way to be accountable to my Heavenly Father in all that I do, that I am His representative full-time, not part-time.

His light will shine brightly even in the darkest alleys and I don't want to be caught there!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Forgive me of my sins. Please give me the strength and courage to resist temptation and represent You well in my life. Help me to turn on the lights in the dark places of my heart and mind.

In Jesus name,


Devotions for August 07

Zephaniah 1,2,3
John 9

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