God’s Light in the Shadows
“Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for the darkness is as light with you” (Psalm 139.12).
God allowed David to live in the darkness of caves for many years. David ran for his life from King Saul, a reckless leader appointed by God to shape David into a man after His own heart. In the darkness, David poured out his distress to God through music, and he finally came to the understanding that the darkness does not change God’s goodness. King David learned that even in the confusion and the concealment of the shadows, God’s light shines brightly in his mind, heart and will when he surrenders himself to the hope of God’s faithfulness. When Christians walk through those shadowed times scattered along our brief life on this earth, we need to remember that God is right here with us. Though our circumstance is shrouded in darkness, we can trust that God’s presence continues to dwell inside of us, lighting our path and working all things into His greater good. When we stand firm on the promise that God loves us and He is always faithful, we can let go of fear and cling tightly onto our hope in Him. And once we walk out of the shadows into the light, we will realize that our faith has grown stronger and we have become more like Jesus.
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life'” (John 8.12 NLT).