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Helpful Light

Daily Devotional for July 27, 2016

Read: Psalm 19:7-11

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

"Hey, Mom, what are you doing?" asked Mariel as she and her mother stood at the linen counter in the department store.

Mom held a napkin up toward the light. "These napkins have some flaws in them, so they cost less than regular ones," she explained. "When I hold them up to the light, I can see what's wrong and whether it's a serious problem."

"How can you tell?" Mariel wanted to know.

"With the light shining through the material, I can see if there's a weak spot," said Mom. She pointed to one of the flaws. "Most of these aren't bad, and I think I'll buy some." So Mariel helped her mother inspect and choose several napkins.

After family devotions that evening, Mariel showed her dad how they had decided which napkins to buy. "Light is very helpful," he agreed as Mariel held a napkin up to the light and pointed out a small flaw. He grinned. "Does this remind you of anything from our devotions tonight?"

"Actually, yeah!" said Mariel. "The verse you read saying that God's Word is a lamp to our feet."

Dad nodded. "And a light to our path," he added. "When we examine our actions in the light of His Word, the flaws in our lives show up."

"Flaws?" asked Mariel. "Like what?"

"Well, remember when you were angry with Christy and wanted to get even with her?" asked Mom. "We looked up Bible verses that shed light on the subject, and you were able to see that trying to get even with her was wrong."

Mariel nodded. "The verses said to repay evil with good. At first I didn't want to do that, but I'm glad I finally did. Christy is one my best friends now."

"That's great," said Dad. "Sometimes there may be parts of our lives that we'd rather not hold up to God's light because we're afraid we'll have to change what we're doing. We forget that the only way to truly live for Jesus is to let His light show us what we're doing wrong and then change our behavior."

"Right," agreed Mom, "and when we do that, we're much happier. It's the only way to real joy and peace."

Lyndel F. Walker

Are you willing to let the light of God’s Word show any flaws in your life? Pay careful attention when you read the Bible or hear it explained by teachers or parents. Check to see if you are living the way God wants you to. When you discover flaws in your life, confess them to the Lord and ask Him to show you how to correct them.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 119:105 (KJV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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