Friday, August 21 2020 Devotional

“For you are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness.”

‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭22:29‬

We watch the news every day, see events unfold, and get the impression that no one has any idea what’s going on. Of course no one has ever known the future before it comes but it appears that no one has any idea how to respond to what’s happening now!

Politicians contradict each other and spew divisive rhetoric. Demonstrations devolve into riots.  The virus pandemic has the experts baffled at every turn. People are asking, will the schools re-open? If they do, will the teachers show up for work? Will parents send their children? Will I get my job back, or will the company I was workIng for go bankrupt? Is my pension secure?  (Will I live through this?) Nobody knows. Everyone is doing their best to find their way in the dark.

Which just happens to be what the Bible has been saying all along. The world is in darkness, because our sin has separated us from God. But God has given us the remedy to the darkness.

“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.”  John‬ ‭1:9‬

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John‬ ‭1:5

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”  John‬ ‭1:4‬

And David said the same thing 900 years before: “You are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness.”

Knowing Jesus gives us the light we need to show us the way through the confusion. Fear of the unknown, present and future, retreats when the light of His Word shines on it. Knowing Him, we know that God takes care of His beloved children - and that means us!

Lord Jesus, You are my lamp; You light up my darkness. Your Word shows me the way through what otherwise would be impossible to navigate. Your presence fills me with comfort and with the joyful anticipation of what You will do next. Thank You for taking me safely through this. Hold me close!  Amen.

Pastor Dan Giles

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