Thursday, Second Week of Epiphany January 21

Text: Mark 4:21-34

“He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” Mark 4: 21-23

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!” But what is that light? What lamp is it that shouldn’t be hidden under the bed? This is a devotional, so we don’t have time for suspense… the light is Jesus.

If we’re honest, we are well aware that we do not like to be on a stand. When humans are put on a stand either by autocracy or democracy they are reliably, well, disappointing. But God has given us the gift of repentance. We disappointing humans aren’t meant to be God, we’re meant to need God and put Him on a stand so people can see His goodness, His justice, His mercy, and not our good deeds, which are filthy rags anyway.

But there’s more good news than simply we can repent and lean on God’s goodness: a lamp will burn the house down before it’ll be hidden under a bushel basket or a bed. The light of God is coming and no attempt to hide it will succeed. Our God is a consuming fire and with God’s help, we are lifting Him on a stand for all to see.

~ Chase Benefiel



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