TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
“God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all”
1 John 1:5 (ESV)
GETTING STARTED WITH GOD: GOD IS LIGHT
A mother and her four-year-old daughter were preparing to retire for the night. The child was afraid of the dark, and the mother, on this occasion alone with the child, felt fearful also. When the light was out, the child caught a glimpse of the moon outside the window. “Mother,” she asked, “is the moon God’s light?” “Yes,” said the mother. The next question was, “Will God put out His light and go to sleep?” The mother replied, “No, my child, God never goes to sleep.” Then out of the simplicity of a child’s faith, she said that which gave reassurance to the fearful mother, “Well, as long as God is awake, there is no sense both of us staying awake.”
One of the foundational truths that we learned on Sunday was that God is light. Calling God light is a way of saying that God is all good and there is no sin, evil or darkness that has its source in God. There are times when Satan, the world, and our flesh try to get us to doubt if God has our best interest at heart. But God’s nature is unchanging and He never stops being good and He never goes to sleep on us. In fact, knowing God is always good should help us sleep better at night.
Pain and pleasure are two of the things that can cause us to doubt God’s goodness. If we hurt in life, we might doubt God’s goodness. And if we seek or find pleasure outside of God’s will, we may think God is irrelevant or doesn’t want us to be happy. Are pain or pleasure causing you to doubt the goodness of God? Ask God to show you His goodness in your pain and your desire for pleasure.