Light shines in the darkness for the godly…They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. (Psalm 112:4,7-8 NLT)
One of the most memorable conversations I’ve had recently was held in a local restaurant over breakfast. A businesswoman I’d met had bought a copy of Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation, and I’d offered to meet with her and answer any questions she had after reading it.
Her first question was this: “You have a peace that I know nothing about. How can I have that peace, too?”
With sheer joy I told this woman about Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and explained that He promised to give His followers a peace unlike anything the world could offer. Then I explained how to have a relationship with Him. She responded without a moment’s hesitation, praying to place her faith in Jesus for eternal salvation right there and then.
The ability to respond with peace to life’s tough stuff makes Jesus’ followers unique. That doesn’t mean we’re stoic when the storm winds blow. We’re just human, after all, and we might shed tears, need quiet space to work through our emotions, or solicit others to come alongside in prayer or with practical support. It does mean that despite the storms winds, we experience and exude inexplicable strength and hope.
Life’s storms might descend on us and surround us with darkness, but light shines in that darkness because Jesus, the light of life, walks with us. He gently reminds us to keep our eyes on Him rather than on our circumstances. He carries us when we’re too weak to walk on our own. And He comforts us with the assurance that He works everything together for our good and His glory.
As Jesus’ followers, we face our foes triumphantly because He conquered the greatest foe of all—death. He’s promised that someday we’ll do the same. In the meantime, His presence and care enable us to walk in fearless faith. Darkness might surround us, but it cannot overcome us when the Light is present there.
Light shines in the darkness for those who follow Jesus. Have you experienced this promise?
“How Does Light Shine in Our Darkness?” first appeared on www.gracefox.com/blog.