Today’s Scripture: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21
Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or a teacher, I am sure you have seen something along the lines of this classic scenario: One child is playing with a red truck, and his little friend sitting beside him has a blue truck. The first fella decides he wants a red truck and a blue truck. Waiting for the perfect moment when no one is looking, he snatches the blue truck. Happily now in possession of two trucks, he goes on his merry way, and the other child is left with nothing. Then, the screaming commences. “I’m telling mom!” All of a sudden, having two trucks doesn’t matter. It’s all about damage control. “Here, have the blue truck! Just don’t tell mom what I did, okay?!”
Even as children, we know when we have done something wrong. We have a glimmer of God’s direction. However, the more we choose to sin against God, the more we become calloused to the conscience within. Eventually, our sin doesn’t seem bad at all. The conscience is like the window of the soul, and it becomes darkened just like a window becomes dirty when unattended to. After a period of time, the neglected window no longer lets in light. Eventually, we can hardly see through it anymore. This is how our soul becomes when we suppress the feelings of guilt we experience when we sin.
Matthew 6:22-23 states, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!”
As we choose to walk in the spirit and grow in the Lord, our window to the soul becomes cleaner. Walking with the Lord and daily reading His Word is like the Windex® of the Christian life. Each day we should ask, “Lord help me have a clear conscience void of offense to you.”
It may have been awhile since you felt that you could see clearly out the window. Believer, don’t let yourself become insensitive toward what is right and what is wrong. Know that you are doing what God wants you to do. Get out that spiritual window cleaner right now, and start making your view clear
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.