Your Joy Shall Be Full
Darkness brings sin and heartache (Psalm 107:10–12), but God is light (1 John 1:5) and brings joy to all those who walk in his light (v. 7). The key to faithful Christian living is to walk in His light. This doesn’t mean that we will not sin, for all have sinned and continue to fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), but it means that we do not give ourselves over to sin (Romans 6:12–14). Every day we give in to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or the pride of life (1 John 2:16). But do not get up in the morning and say, “Well, I am going to sin anyway so I might as well do it.” No! The faithful Christian realizes that he has a Savior who paid the price for our sins and when we sin we acknowledge it, repent, and ask God, through His Son, to forgive us.
Every morning we ask God to help us be faithful to Him today and when we lay down at night we ask Him to give us the strength to be more like His Son and to live faithfully for Him tomorrow. Knowing Him means keeping his commandments and walking even as He walked.
Walking with God as Enoch did, being obedient and walking by faith (Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5–6), on a daily basis, is the only way to ensure that Jesus take us home to live with Him for eternity when He returns. What does that look like? Con-tinuing to study and grow in your knowledge of His Word, being ever vigilant in prayer, worshipping regularly, associating yourself with other faithful brethren, loving God and each other, sharing the Good News with those who are lost. How are you doing in these areas. Where is there room for improvement? Are you faithful?