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6721 Jonestown Rd
Harrisburg, PA, 17112
United States

717-657-0614

We are a Southern Baptist Church, by affiliation.  We cooperate with, and are part of a larger denomination. East Shore Baptist Church (ESBC) is an independent church, which truly believes in God’s Word, the Bible, as the sole source of faith and practice.

Heads or Tails with Jean Harrison

After joining a group of women at church in doing an online devotional called "Good Morning Girls", where the women take a passage of Scripture and "S.O.A.P." it (Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer) Jean found herself thinking through Scripture and it's application to life in her walks with her new puppy, Buddy. Here are some of her musings...

Why Does God Have To Shine A Light Anyway?

Jean Harrison

It really bugs me when the sunlight is shining just right in the kitchen and all the hidden dust and dirt is revealed.  I don't even want to think about all the slobber marks on the bottom areas of the appliances and cabinets.   Most of them are from the dog :)  I swipe a damp cloth over all that is revealed and move on.  Task accomplished!

All of the above leads me to thinking about how my Lord shines a light in my spirit and shows me where the dirt lies.  Am I aware of it?  Oh yes!  Am I moved to clean it up?  Sometimes I am really frustrated with that particular ongoing dirt and want to rant and rave.   I know that I can't clean it up on my own.  It takes a lot more than a damp cloth to clean that mess up.

So God is shining a light and drawing my attention to that particular sin.  He wants it cleaned up but how strongly do I feel about it?  As a follower of Christ, am I realizing how much this sin dishonors God?  Does it grieve me badly and so much that I will do anything to get rid of it? 

God knows our hearts and our thoughts.  He knows when we are really in the game and when we are not.  As King David asked in Psalm 139:23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting".  

 As far as I know, that is not a common prayer in the Bible.  If we are going to ask a question of God, we had better be prepared for the answer.