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Do Not Doubt In The Dark

Do not doubt in the dark
What you are sure of in the light

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me... Psalms 23:4 (NKJV)

I was jogging on my treadmill in my basement the other morning around 4:45am and all of a sudden the power went out, and with that, so did the lights that illuminated my footsteps. Quite frankly, it was a little unnerving.  I can't say that I was totally surprised because this was the second time it had happened in 20-minutes.  The first time, I was in the bathroom.  Enough said!  Still, even though I had the thought of it possibly happening again in the back of my mind, there was something eerie about it when it actually happened the second time.

Q:    Why is it that we tend to get nervous or anxious when we are in the dark?

Well, truth be told, it can be for a number of reasons, from the fear of potentially getting hurt, or just plain fear of the unknown.  I personally think it is mostly the latter - that of the "Unknown."

Q:    So how can we alleviate this fear when dealing with the unknown?

A:    By continuing to focus on what we do know to be true about God and His promises to us as His children.

For example:  Let us suppose that everything is good in life - there is plenty of money in the bank to pay the bills; everyone is happy and healthy, and you love your job.  You would probably conclude that God is blessing you in a tremendous way, and that He is definitely looking out for you.  You would probably see His hand upon everything in your life, and have no problem giving Him the credit for your health, happiness and overall success.  In a sense, it would seem to be very bright and sunny so to speak.

Now, supposing that things are tough - there isn't enough money to pay all the bills; people around you are not so happy, and perhaps your health is poor, and maybe you dread going to work.  You might conclude that God has somehow abandoned you, or that you have somehow lost favor with Him.  You may not blame Him for your tough set of circumstances, but you definitely aren't praising Him for what is transpiring in your life.  In a sense, it could be a dark valley in your life.

I like what the King David said in Psalm 23, when he penned the verse, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me..." This verse brings us a "Known" truth to counter the fear of the "Unknown" future we will all face.  That "Known" truth is the fact that God is with us.

For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)

We need to come to grips that we will "All" walk through the "Valleys" at various times throughout our life, and those valleys can be laden with dark shadows.  It is through these "Valley" tests - these trials and tribulations - that we are strengthened in our faith.

Our ability to successfully navigate these dark valleys will be largely determined by our ability to focus on the truths contained in God's Word.  In other words, "Do not doubt in the dark, what you are sure of in the light."  And one of the most important truths is that God is with us, and He will never forsake us.  We need to know that He is going to guide us through every step of the way even when we don't understand or see a way through our problems or challenges (See Proverbs 3:5-6).  

The next thing we need to remember is that it is our responsibility to continue to walk.  David said, "Yea, though I walk..." not "Yea, though I sit down and complain..." or "Yea, though I cry out to every passerby that I am a victim ..."

We can't let our emotions sway us - we have to continue to focus on the Word of God and the truths that are contained within it.  Obedience to God's Word will result in victory, whereas our emotions can sometimes lead us to make foolish choices that end in loss.

As Christians, we cannot allow the "Dark" times to bring our countenance down.  We have the Spirit of God living in our mortal bodies, and as a result, we are light.   And as such, we are to be a light unto the world - in both good and bad times.

...know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law. Romans 2:18 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, as you study your bible and find the promises of God contained within it, take time to write them down.  When you find yourself in a dark valley, then make sure to read these promises, and then act upon them basing your decisions off of the truth.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about God's promises to us from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you doubting God during the dark valleys, or walking as if it were light out?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord and continue to read and meditate upon His Word.  Take His promises and hold them tight.  Now walk in faith knowing that His Word is a powerful weapon in the fight against the lies of the enemy.  

Father, Thank You for Your promises that are contained within Your Word.  Thank You for never leaving me nor forsaking me.  Help me today to understand Your Word as I read it, and help me to remember these promises that You have made to me when I am facing the temptation to fear or be anxious - those dark times.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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