Where is the Light?

Pastor Jay Pankratz

"How priceless is your unfailing love!  For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light."  Psalm 36:7, 9

When your life seems dark and you are looking for light, there are two things you need to remember.

1.  God's love for you will never fail.  If you focus your thoughts on the tough circumstances you face, or on the people who make life difficult, your darkness will increase because it only reinforces the pain and problems.  If you focus your thoughts on the Cross of Christ, you will be reminded that if God loves you so much that He would die for you, surely He will help you through your current mess.

2.  Light is found in God and the Bible.  If you are looking for relief through changing circumstances or developing your personal agenda, you should expect to be disappointed.  God never promised to change your circumstances or bless your personal agenda.  If you live under a street light, you will see light because that light surrounds you.  If you live in a dark alley, you will see darkness because that darkness surrounds you.  If you live in God's light, you will see light because His light will permeate everything in your life.  If you live in the darkness of personal circumstances and agendas, that darkness will invade your life.

Where do we find God's light?  In Jesus and the Word of God.  Jesus said, "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12)."  The psalmist said, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)."  If your thoughts are focused on God and His Word, in His light you will see light.

So what is the takeaway from all this?

1.  Today, instead of focusing your thoughts on all of your problems, spend time reading the Bible to get a fresh perspective.

2.  Then talk to God about His agenda and His power to deliver you.

3.  When the darkness creeps back into your mind, remember God's unfailing love and His precious promises.

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