DEVOTIONALS

WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE DARK? DOES YOUR FAITH AND CHARACTER CHANGE?

In the middle of the night something startled the man,
and he turned and discovered a woman lying at his feet.
RUTH 3:8

A lot of things happen in the darkness of night.
Crimes take place in the dark.
A thief breaks into homes in the dark to steal.
Assailants look for victims in dimly lit parking garages and parking lots.
Gang members make plans to carry out all kinds of evil in the dark.

Why do some people love the dark so much more than the light?
Because it hides their wicked deeds.

Depraved men love the darkness because it hides their wicked deeds.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world,
but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
(John 3:19).
In Ruth 3:8 we see a man and a woman in the dark.
A perfect opportunity for something to take place out of God’s Will.
Everyone else was sound asleep, so no one would notice.
More than likely, some wouldn’t have care if they did observe something.

Here was the situation.
Ruth was not only a foreigner, but she was also a Moabitess.
The Moabites refused to allow the Israelites to cross through their land.
They even hired Balaam to curse the Israelites.
Needless to say, no love existed between these two nations.

What about Boaz?
He was wealthy and the rich could take whatever they wanted.
However, Boaz was a man of honor and integrity…even in the dark.

Now, what about us?
God expects you and me to behave in the dark the same as we do in the light.
It doesn’t make any difference if no one is watching.
It doesn’t matter that our deeds in the dark will never be discovered.
There is still One who knows and cares.
The psalmist reminds us the darkness and the light are both alike to God.
“even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
(Psalms 139:12)
The darkness is not the time to take a chance to do evil and not get caught;
it is a time for us to show our character.
What you do in the dark shows the person your really are.

Are you the same in the dark as you are in the light?
Can God trust you in the dark?
Pray and ask the Lord to give you a consistent character;
one that is not negatively impacted by your circumstances.
Be as consistent in your faith when your actions are hidden
as you are when your deeds are out in the open.
You’ll be glad you did.

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About Don Woodruff

Retired from FedEx and dedicated to sharing God's Word with others. I send out devotionals M-F and have written two books: "The Crucifixion Catalyst / Unspoken Messages From God To Believers" (published and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble) and "I'm Saved Now What?" (unpublished). I am currently working on a third one that will be a Daily Devotional.

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