A Light in the Dark

“Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.” John 8:12

What an encouraging promise from Jesus! As Jesus followers we don’t have to walk in the dark! Yet it can feel like there is plenty of darkness around us as the news is filled with confusion and conflict, and our own lives have shadows of their own. Jesus says here that when we follow Him we won’t be stumbling around in the dark. He says we will have His light, the light of life, to guide us. We can be sure footed and confident as we navigate our days.

But what does that look like on a Monday morning when the week stretches out before us with our individual unknowns? We can feel like we are stumbling or, at the very least, like we can’t see the next step ahead.

The Bible is full of daily instruction for walking in the dark and not stumbling along. It tells us that it is a lamp for our feet and a light on our path. (Psalm 119:105)  If you feel unsure today of your next step, if it feels like  darkness is seeping into your heart and mind, invite Jesus to pour His Light into your life. His word gives us specific instruction as we follow Him.

“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night…” Psalm 92: 1& 2

Start your day with reminding yourself of God’s steadfast, unmovable love for you. Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, thank Him for His loving kindness toward you. Even if the question marks of life cause you to doubt His love at times, remember His track record in your life and thank Him intentionally.  Ask Him to help you be aware of His presence with you today.

As you close your eyes at night, pause to recount how faithful He was to you through the day. Be specific in the little ways you may have noticed His presence as you take a moment to reflect. Thank Him that His faithfulness is something you can count on.

Father God,  today I want to reach for Your light as I walk in places that are dark and where shadows cross my path. Help me to intentionally seek Your presence as I go through this day. Help me not to stumble around, but to keep my focus on Your love and faithfulness. I will count on Your wisdom to guide me and Your strength to empower me. In the strong name of Jesus I pray, amen.

By Gail Rodgers
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Further Reading

•  Life Can Bring Joy out of Sorrow by Norma Becker
•  Fully Surrender to the Lord
•  Salvation Explained

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