“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”
2 Corinthians 4:6-10
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When I was a little girl of about 5 years of age, I was fearful of going downstairs into the dark basement by myself. When my mother would send me to get something, I would stand at the top of the steps, looking down into the abyss for what felt like the longest time, trying to work up the courage to walk into the darkness. I’d use logic: “Nothing’s down there. It’s just dark. Nothing could be there.” I’d recite a verse that was drilled into me: “For God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). For the life of me, I didn’t know how power, love, and a sound mind could help with my fear, but I recited it anyway. And then, one step at a time, for each of the ten steps, I would descend down the stairway where I could finally turn on all of the lights to illuminate the basement and dispel the darkness. I chuckle to myself now when I visit my mother in that same house and remember my unfounded fear of the dark, dreadful basement.
What I did not know as a little girl is that GOD is in the darkness even as HE is in the light.
“He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters And thick clouds of the skies.” Psalm 18:11
What I did not see as a little girl is that darkness cannot hide me (or anything that dwells in the darkness) from the Presence of GOD.
“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall fall on me,’ Even the night shall be light about me; 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.” Psalm 139:11-12
What I did not realize as a little girl is that, though the lights illuminated the darkness of the basement, GOD is the One Who illuminates all of my darkest nights.
“For You are my lamp, O Lord; The Lord shall enlighten my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29
HE is the One Who has placed darkness under HIS Feet.
“He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet.” Psalm 18:9
And because of HIM, I don’t have to fear any evil, any darkness, or even death itself.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
What darkness are you facing today?
Job 34:21-22: “For His eyes are on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps. 22 There is no darkness nor shadow of death Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.”
Psalm 42:7-8: “Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. 8 The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me—A prayer to the God of my life.”
Psalm 43:3-5: “Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle. 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”
Psalm 18:28-30: “For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. 29 For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall. 30 As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
Whatever darkness you may be facing today, rest assured, my friend, that GOD is right there with you…and that you can find GOD in the darkness.
*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version of the Bible.
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