Our Light in the Darkness
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.
I have told you before that it has been my experience when I am in that dark valley on my journey that I cannot “feel” God’s presence. While I may not sense God’s presence during those dark times I thank God that I have His Word. God’s Word has been the light that has led me out of every dark valley.
If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have preserved my life.
One dark day during my darkest depression, I became angry with God – I could not feel or sense His presence – I felt alone – my emotional pain was great. I shouted to Him that I was going to turn from Him and turn to the world. I desperately wanted relief from my pain.
As I turned to walk away from Him, I began thinking about what I would choose to relieve my pain. The world offered many choices – food, drugs, alcohol, an affair, material goods, entertainment of all kinds, etc – take your pick. The only problem? Oh, each choice would take away the pain temporarily but I would still wake up the next morning with the same pain – with nothing changed.
I realized that the only tangible thing I knew in life that offered me eternal relief from my pain was the Word of God. I understood what Simon Peter meant when he was given the choice to leave Jesus. He said to Jesus:
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Simon Peter knew and had witnessed the Truth – he had no choice but Jesus. I had no choice but to turn the Word of God – I, too, knew it was the Truth. His Word led me out of my dark valley – His Word will lead you out of yours. His Word – The Eternal Light that shines in our darkness.
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
JOHN 1:1-5 (NLT)
On the journey with you,