DonŐt Be Afraid of the Dark

 

Psalm 18:28 states, "For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness."

 

What jumped out to me in this verse is that, as Christians, we all have a "lamp" & we all have "darkness."  What is our lamp?  God's Word teaches us in Psalm 119:105 that "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." So if our lamp is the Word of God, then what is our darkness?  

 

In the original Hebrew "darkness" could mean "misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, or wickedness."  In other words, if there is sorrow in your life... this could be your darkness.  If there is ignorance of something in your life (maybe you don't understand WHY God has you where you're at or maybe you are unsure what He wants you to do in your life... ignorance)... this could be your darkness.  If there is misery, death, destruction, or wickedness in  your life... this could be your darkness.  

 

Understand that  DARKNESS ISN'T ALWAYS A BAD THING.  We also need to remember that darkness only seems dark to us... NOT TO GOD.  Psalm 139:12 states, "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."  In other words God understands and SEES.  The darkness in your life is as light as day to Him.  He sees the full picture!  This encourages me to SEEK the LIGHT without giving up!  For He promises us in His Word that He "will light my lamp" & "will enlighten my darkness."  This suggests that our darkness won't be dark to us forever.  So, how will he "enlighten" us?  Well, you know the answer... it is His Word.  If we will diligently seek Him in His Word (our lamp), then the Spirit of God will open our eyes and give us light to see & understand His plan in His perfect time.  According to 2 Corinthians 4:6 we can rest in the fact that through our darkness, the light of Christ will shine brightly and God will be glorified if we can trust in Him through the darkness.  It states, "For it is 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."

 

May we all hold tightly to this verse as we press on to see our Light face to face!