Monday, November 21, 2011

Light in a Time of Darkness

For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping.  So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.  (Psalm 56:13 NLT)

   When I was a boy living in an old two-story farmhouse, the nighttime darkness was a scary thing.  No electricity.  No street lights.  Only a small candle to light the way.  A trip to the outhouse after dark was a fearful adventure.  Shadows from the candle danced like living beings.  Sounds in the night were magnified, and I made it a point not to venture outside.

   Have you ever faced that kind of darkness?  A child is deathly sick, a loved one is dying of cancer, severe back pain has distorted your body, you're facing foreclosure, or your job has been terminated.  Darkness overwhelms you and all hope seems lost.  Where do you turn?  What do you do when you don't know what to do?

   Jesus came into the world to light the way for mankind.  John tells us in chapter three that, "the light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the light because they wanted to sin in the darkness.  But those who do what is right come to the light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants."  (vv 19 and 21 NLT)

   Have you come to the light?  If not, turn to Jesus today and ask him to shine his light of salvation in your life today?


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