December 13 Tugging at Your Heart

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 1:18–20

Key Verse: 1 Timothy 1:19

Having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck.

The ship plunged through the wild waves. The captain standing on deck spotted the yellow flash from the lighthouse on shore. But instead of steering a straight course in its direction, the captain ignored its warning and veered away. Unless he changed his course, his ship and crew faced almost certain destruction on the surrounding rocks.

Does that seem to be an insane response? It’s something that people do all the time when they ignore the “flashes” of their God-given conscience.

The apostle Paul wrote to the young pastor Timothy about what happens to those who ignore the spiritual light of their consciences: “This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith” (1 Tim. 1:18–19 nasb).

The believers who rejected the messages of their consciences experienced a period of brokenness because they didn’t pay attention to the spiritual danger signs along the way. Have you ever felt a tugging at your heart when you were about to move in a wrong direction? That is the action of the Holy Spirit, and He will never force you to pay attention. You must turn toward God’s light and heed His call.

Father God, help me turn toward Your light and heed Your call. Make me alert to danger signs along the way. Keep me from moving in the wrong direction. Guide my spiritual journey.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 364). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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