Today's Devotion: October 22
A Dark World
…shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life.
Turning Points readers live all over the world, some in lands of oppression and some in countries with ungodly leaders. We live in a dark world, and our rulers are
often ego-driven and misguided. Some governments are corrupt, and few leaders are truly Christ-loving people. Yet few of us have a ruler as bad as Nero, the emperor with whom
Paul contended. Nero was brutal, weak, sensual, perverted, sadistic, and deranged. He freely tortured and killed Christians, lighting his chariot course with their burning
The apostle Paul told us to pray for our leaders and to respect the authority God has put into place (1 Timothy 2:1-2; Romans 13:1). In spite of Nero, Paul managed to turn the
world upside down and advance the Gospel to every corner (Acts 17:6).
When we are in touch with God’s joy and peace in us, then we become whole and holy persons. Like living torches we radiate the light and heat of God’s compassionate love.1
1Mark Yaconelli, Growing Souls (El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties, 2007), 72.
Luke 3 – 4