One night I clicked off the light in one room and had about five seconds before I reached the hallway. The hallway light was on, but for a moment I was in the dark because I hadn’t yet turned the corner.

We are often heading toward the next life destination or well-lighted place. The trouble isn’t the well-lit spaces of our lives, but those dim places in between. Even the most faith-filled Believer struggles with those dim places of uncertainty. It’s easy to profess faith when our surroundings are bright. However, when we find ourselves in the dark, facing unwelcome situations or uncertain aspects of our future, we must remind ourselves that God’s bright, steady light is just around the corner. It exists even when we can’t see it. In the midst of dim situations, we must remember that:

  1. Nothing takes God by surprise – God is all-seeing, all-knowing, and all-powerful. When failure, rejection, or loss throw us off kilter, we must press toward the security that God provides. Psalm 46:1-2 says “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas.”
    Isaiah 40:28 says “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”
    Job 42:2 says “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
  2. Trouble doesn’t last always – the enemy tries to convince us that our difficult circumstances are permanent. Even when situations pull us far out of our comfort zone and force us into a new normal, we can rest assured that if we ask, God can adjust our mindset and vision about the situation. 1 Peter 5:10 says “The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ – eternal and glorious plans they are! – will have you put together and on your feet for good.”
    Psalm 30:5 says “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
    2 Corinthians 4:17 tells us “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”
  3. We are light-bearers – we carry the light of Christ inside us. We possess joy based on our hope and belief in Jesus. As a result, we never walk in complete darkness. No matter what is going on in our lives or in the world, we can cling to the everlasting hope that lives within us and allows us to bring light to whatever dark places we encounter. Psalm 37:5-6 says “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”
    John 8:12 says “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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