Readings Psalms 27, 119:97-120, Jeremiah 8:18-9:6, Romans 5:1-11, John 8:12-20
“Jesus spoke to them saying, 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
We know this to our core, and yet there are dark days, days when it seems the world is in darkness and it feels overwhelming. When our personal lives seem out-of-control, and we can’t see the light, Jesus words are comforting to me. Though there may be darkness, we need not walk in it. He is the light that illumines our way forward. We need only follow him. This gives me hope in all times, and I trust it does for you as well. Jesus also promised: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."- John 16:33 Because of this, there is nothing we need fear, and in fact (as the Bible proves out repeatedly), tribulations open the door for God to show us his provision. Graham Cooke encourages us to ask the Holy Spirit some questions during difficult times:
- How is this situation going to form me in Christ?
- What does this circumstance mean for my Spiritual growth?
- How do I partner with you, Lord, to release break though in my life?
- What provision do you have in store, Lord to resolve this difficulty?
The key here is to turn toward Jesus, toward the light, not into ourselves or the wisdom of the world for the answers. Remember: The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1