Devotional: ‘Cleaning Out the Junk Drawer’


In most homes there is at least one junk drawer. Hidden deep inside this drawer are pieces of things that are broken, miscellaneous keys, obsolete cellphones, and items that we would hate for our guests to see.

The same is true for many of our spiritual lives. Buried deep inside us are bits and pieces of spiritual junk that should be discarded; yet for some reason we hang on to them. Consider what James tells us can happen whenever we fail to clean out our spiritual junk drawer.

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.  (James 4:1-3)

James refers to fights and quarrels. Perhaps the struggles he is speaking of are conflicts among the believers. Perhaps the struggles he is referring to are the struggles within the believer. Sometimes we can be hiding junk in our hearts that clutters our relationship with God and causes us to live a life that is spiritually disorganized. How can we clean out our spiritual junk drawers?

Whenever I find myself struggling over something, I turn to the Word of God and prayer. I have found that only God’s Word can give me the truth I need to get back on track, and only prayer can bring peace to my heart.

So are you ready to clean out your spiritual junk drawer? Don’t be afraid. God already knows what’s in your heart and He is waiting to help you sort your way through it. Having gone through this process many times myself, I can promise you that you will be much happier once you allow God to help you get your life back in order.




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