Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

29th September 2013

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)

When I was a young boy one of the rhymes I learnt was:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
How I wonder what you are.

The lyrics are from an early 19th century English poem, “The Star” written by Jane Taylor while living in Lavenham in Suffolk.

Her words remind me of those written by the Apostle Paul in the 1st century:

‘Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky’ (Philippians 2:14–15)

The way we live as Christian is incredibly important. Here Paul tells us ‘Do everything without grumbling or arguing’. In the Message it says, ‘Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God’, and in the New Living Translation, ‘Live clean, innocent lives as children of God’.

How we live out our Christianity should be as different to the world around us as a star is to the dark night that surrounds it. We are to beacons of light twinkling in dark world.

With all of the pressures and temptations this world has to offer it’s no easy task for us to be lights in the darkness.

Thankfully we don’t have to do it alone. Jesus has come: “the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:16). Jesus is ‘the light of the world’ (John 9:5) and with him living in us it means his light can shine through us: ‘For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ’. (2 Corinthians 4:6)

As we become more like Christ and allow him to live his life through us, his light will pierce the darkness of this world. Maybe then people will ask us ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are’, and we will be able to tell them ‘I am a Christian’.


Father, please help me to yield my life to Jesus so that his light might shine through me to others, attracting them to his love, grace and compassion, for your honour and glory.

Have a good week twinkling.

Pastor Barry

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