1Kings 8; Ephesians 5; Ezekiel 38; Psalm 89

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.
Psalm 89:15
I am something of a night owl. When evening comes and the kids are all put to bed, I can relax without the tug of responsibilities. All day long I am accountable to others:
  • Clients depend on me to provide service.
  • Employees expect me to provide direction.
  • My family is counting on me to provide an income…and service…and direction.

While I relish all of my roles, I often enjoy the solitude of darkness more. The darkness doesn’t ask anything of me. It permits me to hide my impure thoughts. It allows me to waste time without any obvious consequence.

But Paul says,

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. Ephesians 5:9-14a

I am convicted that I use the cover of darkness to facilitate my own selfish interests.

Lord God,

I confess that too often I am drawn to “the darkness” for all the wrong reasons. It is my sincere desire to live as a child of light. Expose the darkness in my own heart, that I may walk in goodness, righteousness, and truth. I want to shine for your glory. Amen.

Greg (gmd40187)



Filed under 66 Books, Ephesians, M'Cheyne Bible reading plan, Psalms

2 responses to “1Kings 8; Ephesians 5; Ezekiel 38; Psalm 89

  1. Janet Wilkinson

    The darkness has a way of swallowing us; don’t even peer into it, but think on those things which are pure, lovely, and right. God will renew your mind and refresh your spirit in those quiet times of praising and thanking him. And if your spirit is weak, allow the Holy Spirit to join you in your deepest hurts that are waiting to be expressed.

  2. jmitch1

    Greg, I hear ya! I often fall into similar patterns, but then I remind myself, God sees my heart in the darkness and the light. I can’t hide from His presence. Great post!

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