TOPIC: Toward the Light
KEY VERSE: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12 (NIV)
The Upper Room 19 April 2022 Daily Devotional MESSAGE
Every evening at bedtime I head toward my room and switch off the lights along the way. Years ago I lost my sight in one eye, and my remaining vision is dimming with age. But despite the dark, I am confident that I will not trip or fall as I head toward the light shining from my destination because it illuminates my way. If I remember something that I have forgotten and turn back, I am immediately in trouble because my body blocks the light and I am walking in my own shadow.
This reminds me of my daily walk with Jesus. For over 64 years, since I was a teenager, I have tried to walk toward God’s light. But when I have turned away and walked in the shadow of my own choices and actions, I have often been in trouble. It is awesome to know that no matter how dark it is, we are always able to find God’s light by turning toward our Lord in our actions and prayers.
Lord of light, guide us so that we may walk in the brilliance of your presence. We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The light of Jesus’ love guides me on my way.
Those who have trouble seeing
The Upper Room 19 April 2022 Daily Devotional Message. The Upper Room is a daily devotional magazine published in more than 30 languages and 100 countries around the world. The daily meditations are written by readers of the magazine and others interested in sharing their faith experiences through writing—both laity and clergy, published authors and new writers. The meditations are stories of real people working to live faithfully with the Bible as their touchstone. Every day, readers of The Upper Room around the world read the same story in many different languages and pray the same prayer together. Read More The Upper Room 19 April 2022 Daily Devotional