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Devotional for Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dispelling the Darkness
Today’s Scripture: Leviticus 24-27
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” – Matthew 5:15
In today’s passage about the tabernacle, we read that the lamps were to burn continually. They were to be tended and supplied with oil so their light would never go out. Throughout the Bible, lamps are used to picture our lives as believers.
Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Where does a lamp do the most good? Outside at high noon or in a dark place where there is no other source of illumination? Yet how many times we complain when God puts us in a situation where we are about the only source of light.
I have to smile when I think of a young Marine named Tony, who is having a profoundly positive effect on the men around him. His life is a light in a dark place. When Tony first made his faith in Christ known, a lot of his fellow Marines laughed at him. But Tony didn’t react. He continued to live for Christ, doing his job with everything he had. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant at the age of twenty, an almost unheard of thing in the Marines.
We may work in an office with people who have no regard for God. Life in a college dorm or a military barracks can seem like a black hole. But that’s where a lamp is needed most. A lamp doesn’t have to make noise, have a fancy exterior, or call attention to itself. It just has to provide illumination in the deep shadows of life.
Lord, let the contrast of my light against the darkness around me cause people to ask about its source. Amen.
To Ponder
The darker the area around me, the brighter my light will shine.
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