Sometimes We Must Sit in the Dark

Elsie Punt

READ : Lamentations 3:1-24 I am the man who has seen affliction. (v. 1) One of my close friends recently lost her mother. She had been her mother’s caregiver, and they were very close. Her mother’s death hit her hard, and her life is greatly changed by it. My friend’s well-meaning grandmother told her that she needs to stop dwelling on it so much—to just trust God and move forward. This advice is understandable; as Christians we sometimes think it …

What Are You Looking At?

Elsie Punt

READ : Matthew 6:19-24 If the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (v. 23) Healthy eyes are able to focus well. In this passage having a healthy eye means focusing on the right things, on things that bring light rather than darkness. It specifically mentions money as something that often catches and holds our attention in unhealthy ways. Money is a stumbling block for many, but so is anything that fills your heart and makes you …

Everything Is Exposed

Elsie Punt

READ : 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 The Lord . . . will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness. (v. 5) I once heard a preacher ask, “How would you feel if your thoughts were broadcast on a loudspeaker for all to hear?” We might feel embarrassed or even ashamed because of the judgments people would make after listening to our “broadcast.” Yet this passage reminds us that we are not to concern ourselves with other people’s judgment of …

An Audacious Claim

Elsie Punt

READ : John 1:1-14 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (v. 5) The problems of life can feel overwhelming. Yet in this passage we are reminded that darkness cannot overcome light. If you turn on a light in a dark room, it rids the room of darkness every time. This passage tells us that Christ is our light and teaches us that nothing is dark enough to overcome that light. The other day …

Preparation in the Dark

Elsie Punt

READ : Genesis 1:1-2 The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (v. 2) The story of creation is familiar to many of us. Because we know what is about to happen, it’s easy to quickly read the first couple of verses and get to the “action” of the story when God speaks and life bursts forth. But if we skim over these verses we miss something important. The Hebrew word for “Spirit” can also be …

A Citizen of the Kingdom of Light

Elsie Punt

READ : Colossians 1:9-14 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness. (v. 13) An old hymn says, “There’s a land that is fairer than day, and by faith we can see it afar.” We read in this Scripture that we are transferred into the kingdom of Christ (v. 13), and it is easy to imagine that far-off land waiting for us, where the domain of darkness is no more. But wait! The verse doesn’t say we are waiting …