The first thing God said was “Let there be light” then God separated the light from the darkness. The Bible says that Jesus is the Light of the world, then Jesus says we are the light of the world! So why might you feel like you’re walking in darkness? Why might it feel like you don’t know where to go, or what to do next?
Someone needs to flip the switch back on!
Even King David, a man after God’s own heart, had moments where he felt like he was in the dark.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night but I find no rest.” Psalm 22:1-2
I’m sure everyone has, or will, feel like David here at some point in life. When God isn’t answering, when you just can’t sleep at night. And there is good news! In Psalm 23 David writes how he walked through the valley of the shadow of death. On our journey will will walk though shadows. Unfortunately, some people choose to camp there, or even stop and build their home there! That’s the easy thing to do in the dark. David knew that the shadows were not his destination, he knew there was better, and made his way through. The whole time saying that the Lord is with him, comforting him.
“He is the One who goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Truthfully we can not always rely on our feelings, instead we stand firm on the Word of God. If you feel like God is a million miles away and you’re stumbling around in the dark, start telling yourself this: God, I know You will never leave me, You are always with me, I will call out to You and You will answer me!
God knows exactly where you are. God often asks people where they are because He wants us to look around and see where we are! “Oh, I’m in the dark, I better start moving on.” God knows how you are feeling, exactly what you’re dealing with, and He has sent His Holy Spirit to be the Comforter for us. Our feelings cannot rule us and do not create our reality. You are in control of your feelings. So you have the choice to sit and mourn in the shadows or get up and boldly walk though the valley knowing that God Almighty is right by your side.
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
Walking in the dark is never easy nor fun. The great thing is that God’s Word gives us light. Joshua 1:8 says “Meditate on My Word day and night”. Meditate on My Word when everything is good, and when it’s dark and you can’t see a darn thing. Meditate on My Word when you feel alone, when you feel like no one cares, when you feel like daytime will never come. The darkest part of the night is the moment right before sunrise.
Meditate on My Word.
That means to not only read your Bible, but consciously think about Bible verses throughout the day, speak them out loud to yourself. Things start shift when we make the decision to believe that God is our Shepherd, that He is leading us, that He refreshes us, that He guides us along the right paths. Isaiah 54 God tells a barren woman to shout for joy! Change your feelings and start rejoicing before your circumstances change. Faith is putting your hope in the unseen, not the seen. God is good because of who He is, not because of what He does. When you truly believe this, you can walk through the darkest valley, fearing no evil.
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. Psalm 139:8
Find a scripture that is speaking to you and stand on that. The Bible is the living Word For a season mine was in Job 23- “He knows the way I take. When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Any time we are walking through the shadows, in a valley, we keep moving forward, meditating and proclaiming His Word, knowing that God is with us!