From Darkness Into Light

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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Luke 1:79 – To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (NKJV)

I started to read the New Testament while walking on my treadmill five days each week. Some passages about Jesus being the light of hope in a dark world caught my eye and made me think of an event which happened a few years ago.

One of my cousins was diagnosed with a fatal illness. He was elderly and had been doing really well, but suddenly, he started to feel worse. At first, it was thought that he had the flu, and then later, it was confirmed that he had only a few weeks to live. He was a very faithful, believing Christian. In his younger years, he had been a youth leader, and he had been an elder in his church for many years. At one time, he even contemplated going into the ministry, but for various reasons, he was not able to pursue this ambition. He was married and raised a Christian family.

I went to visit him, and we had a long talk about his life and the time when he worked for my dad when my dad was ill so many years ago. He talked about his time in the army in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), and gradually, we got around to his illness. He told me that when he was first told that he had only a few weeks to live, he went through a really deep valley. He said that for three days, he was in total darkness. He said that he had never experienced anything like it. He knew that he believed; he was sure of his faith; he knew that there was a place reserved for him in heaven; and yet, he went through this period of darkness for three days and three nights.

And then after three days, he suddenly saw a bright light in the distance which gradually penetrated the darkness that he was in, and he was at peace. I marvelled at the way that he was at peace with his situation and how assured that he was of his faith in Jesus. His time of darkness was over, and he quoted the well-known psalm:

Psalm 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (NKJV)

Yes, he surely did walk through the valley of the shadow of death for three terrifying days, and then, the peace that only Jesus can give encompassed him, and he was assured, through faith, that he would dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

That is the great comfort of the Word of God. When the time comes for those who trust in Him, we are assured that Christ will guide our feet across the great divide, and we, too, will live in the house of the Lord forever.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we thank You for the words of Scripture which are such a comfort to us in times of trouble. We thank You that whatever dark situation we are in, You will give us light. We offer this prayer in Jesus' name. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great words of comfort Joel.

    Wonderful testimony. Thank you.

    May you see light even in darkness.

    Thank you Joel for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.

    Thank you, Joel, for this uplifting and faith affirming message.

    Thank you or your devotional. We will all come to the end on this earth and it’s comforting to know that our faith in Jesus and scripture will carry us through that dark valley.

    Dear Joel Jonkind,
    Thank you for the devotional showing us how Jesus became “the light of the world” for this man for his time on earth and his time in forever.
    I pray that God will continue to bless you in writing more devotionals.

    Many people have reported such experiences. I know of one very ill person who saw an angel beckoning him outside the window of his hospital bed.
    He talked to the chaplain who said, When the angel appears again it is ok, if you want, to tell the angel I will go with you.
    And that is exactly what happened.
    I think the Lord is allowing us to have these experiences to build our faith in troubling times.
    Your devotional will certainly do that.

    Hi Joel
    I always appreciate you contributions to the Devotional, but today’s really resonated! Three days & nights … also experienced by Christ, and before that, Jonah in the belly of the fish … interesting! How incredibly reassuring for your cousin!


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