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John 11:9-10 – Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him." (NKJV)

John 12:46 – I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. (NKJV)

When my husband and I began to travel by boat up the inside passage on the west coast of Canada, there was one stipulation that I made, and that was that we would never travel at night.

However, there was one occasion when we were detained by our purchasers, and we began our journey very late in the evening. The eerie blackness of the sky (not one star could be seen) and the blackness of the water seemed to close in on me. The only light that we had in the wheelhouse was the small glimmer which revealed our compass reading. Even when my husband would walk around the deck to see (if possible) that all was well, the sudden opening of the door startled me. Hour after hour into that darkness we went, with only the sound of the swishing waters indicating that we were actually moving. The engine seemed to be particularly silent! Then, my husband made a very definite change in our direction as indicated by the compass. Suddenly, the night sky was pierced as if by a blazing sword cutting into the darkness. It was the beacon encircling the whole area. We had arrived safely at our destination! Indeed, I shall never forget that moment. I never would have anticipated or even imagined such a situation in which I would trust my very existence into the hands of my heavenly Father. There was no light in my world.

Colossians 1:13-14 – He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (NKJV)

Only when I experienced the power of darkness did I put my very survival into the hands of my heavenly Father, and He never failed me. Similarly, it is when spiritual darkness engulfs us that we turn to God for salvation in Christ. Later, it is often the case that we drift spiritually and take our relationship with God for granted. At such times, it is good to remember the power of darkness from which He has delivered us, through the forgiveness of our sins.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, the darkness in our society is extremely powerful. Use that to remind us of the darkness from which You have delivered us, and encourage us not to give up, so that we will continue to shine as Your lights in this dark world. We pray in the name of Your Son and our Saviour, Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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Vena Poole

1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Very well said.

    Thank you Vena.

    Thanks for the lesson Vena.

    Good one Vena, Thank you!

    Very appropriate for these times. Thanks.

    Thanks for a good word today Vena.

    Powerful message Vena. Thank you.
    Hope you stay well.

    I would count it a privilege if you can make use of this devotional for His glory.
    Every blessing on your day.

    There is indeed much darkness in our world.
    Thank you for a compelling spiritual insight.

    Vena, that must have been a very scary experience. Thankfully, you had a good outcome as well as an amazing lesson. Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

    Good morning Verna,
    Thank you for your inspirational story “The Power Of Darkness”.
    I am certain that your testimony will touch many people.

    So good to hear from you with such a great message relating to the darkness that has loomed up in this world today!
    May we all pray the prayer you set before us through Jesus in God’s name.

    Dear Vena
    Thank you for your words of hope, they are much needed today. We need to be reminded that Jesus has overcome the darkness of the world and that we, His followers, have to be lights within this present darkness.

    Dear Vena,
    Thank you for the devotional.
    We do need to pray against the darkness in our world — and that, while we also pray that we will be Light-spreaders following Jesus Christ’s powerful example.
    Keep writing.

    What a beautiful message. It is so great to bathe in the light of our God.
    Several years ago we were in a severe accident. Husband was paralyzed and died after 2 days. Our family traveled to be with us.
    I was in Hospital for a few weeks and I literally could feel myself being bathe in His light.
    People would ask me if I had nightmares, but, no I didn’t. Although it was a very serious accident, I could feel God’s presence. Truckers pulled us out, but before they came there were angels surrounding the vehicle. When the truckers came they backed off and stood in front of it.
    Thank you for bringing this to mind.
    Dear Vena,
    What a wonderful devotional! I loved your analogy and the lesson you shared.
    Hope you will keep writing. It was good to see your name again.


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