By: Arnie Cole and Michael Ross
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
-How does God's Word expose darkness?
-Do I really live my life entirely in Jesus?
-Do I believe that God always overcomes darkness?
If you've ever weathered a period of grief, illness, loss, anxiety, or despair, you probably know what it's like to doubt, to question if God really does have the power to overcome evil. Sometimes we are so lost in ourselves, in our own misery and grief, that it's difficult to see and feel God's ever-present goodness and love. We wonder where He is, why He has allowed such circumstances to occur, why He hasn't protected us from such misery. It's perfectly normal to feel this way from time to time, especially during periods of great strife. But throughout those periods, it's important to remember, as John so eloquently reminds us here, that God's light always overcomes darkness, even when it doesn't feel quite possible.
Ask for Change: Lord, be with me today, guide me on Your path and shine Your light of goodness, love, and life onto me. Help me know in my heart that You are with me always and keep me from stumbling in darkness.
Consider what's real: God's love and His light are bigger and brighter than any problems or darkness we may face, yet sometimes, especially in times of hardship, we forget this. If you're in such a place, perhaps creating a symbol of His light in your home will help serve as a reminder of His always-burning light. Try lighting a candle in the evening and saying a simple prayer as it burns brightly and steadily on your kitchen counter or on the coffee table. Or perhaps keep a small table lamp lit as a symbolic reminder of the Light that surpasses all darkness.
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