Revealing Ugliness

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Today’s Devotion: Numbers 8

The important thing for the child of God today is not how you walk, but where you walk. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). You see, the light is emphasized in this chapter and I read it to mean that when you walk in the light, you see that there is imperfection in your life. Then you go to the laver to remove it, which symbolizes the confession of your sins.

Have you ever washed something, like your kitchen floor, and walked away as though it were clean. Upon return you turn on the light and all of a sudden streaks appear or the corners that once hid dirt revealed all of your ‘missed spots.’ If not your kitchen floor, I’m sure you can visualize something that you thought was clean, until you put it under a light.

This is how it is with sin. We think we’re clean, after all, we shower almost every day. That is until we begin reading God’s Word and realize that we’re not so clean, sin makes us dirty. Jesus is the light in our lives who reveals the ugly parts of our hearts and souls. Even when we come to the Him in praise and think everything is all good – it’s not all that good.

My takeaway from this chapter today is to be reminded that I need to take this time to pause and pray, repent and rejoice. I don’t need some ceremonial process in the tabernacle to cleanse me (wash away) my sin. I have Jesus. I’m also not some martyr who keeps trying to find my dirt to bury myself in self-misery or self-loathing. It’s the reverse. I’m acknowledging my sin, my need for a savior and the price Jesus paid that I have life and have it to the fullest none-the-less! (John10:10)

So here I am, about to start another day that God has given me, with a Godly perspective on what it means to walk in the light.

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