Where's The Light?

Thursday, April 19, 2018
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John 12:35-36 – Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light." When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them. (NIV)

For those darkest hours of the night when I am too tired to see anything clearly, I keep a small night light burning in the kitchen to guide my steps. At that time of night, I'm half sleep walking.

Sometimes, I feel like that during broad daylight, when it comes to my Christian walk with the Lord. With so much violence in the world these days, like suicide bombings in the Middle East and mass shootings in the United States, it feels as if Jesus has left us and hidden Himself. Yet, Scripture assures us that Jesus will be with us to the end of the age, whether we perceive Him among us or not. Jesus promised us this before He returned to heaven.

Matthew 28:18-20 – Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (NIV)

Whenever we become tense or worried due to the televised mayhem foisted upon us, let's keep Jesus' final words in the forefront of our minds. No matter what evil comes into our lives, Jesus will be with us, invisibly holding our hands and walking with us through whatever comes. He will strengthen and encourage us.

No matter what happens, Jesus will always be with us.

Prayer: Father God, we come to You, laying the troubles in this world before You, praying for the Holy Spirit to comfort us and bring peace into our lives, for we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Cassandra Wessel <casswessel4319@gmail.com>
Tionesta, Pennsylvania, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Cass!

    HAPPY ‘sprinter’ Cassandra.

    Thank you, Sandy.

    Comforting words, Cass.

    We, and our world, need more of the light.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Hi Cassandra
    Thank you for those strong scripture verses that encourage and strengthen our faith, especially in these times.
    God bless.

    Hi Cassandra,
    I can relate to your devotional today, we are loath to watch the news, so much violence and destruction, almost everywhere it seems.
    When I see the total destruction of whole cities in Syria my heart breaks for the people who used to live there, now either dead or displaced somewhere else and I just don’t understand how humans (?) can do this to other humans.
    If only the peace of Christ would enter the hearts of those who have the ability to change things.
    Thank you for you fine devotional

    Hi Cassandra
    No argument that as Christians, we have an obligation to push for a violence-free world, and to make our own lives violence-free and respectful of all of God’s children. We have failed in our Christian obligations far too consistently.
    However, I think the media has us fooled into thinking that we are living in a particularly violent age. Fortunately, the statistics show a different picture. I think there are serious repercussions through living with unfounded fear in our lives. I also believe that there are elements of a decreased violence that should have us feeling blessed to be alive at this time.

    Thanks, Cassandra.
    We need these wonderful reminders.

    Dear Cassandra,
    No matter what evil comes into our lives, Jesus will be with us, invisibly holding our hands and walking with us through whatever comes. He will strengthen and encourage us.
    No matter what happens, Jesus will always be with us.
    May God guide you and me and all for whom we pray.
    I was at a funeral recently and the pastor gave such a wonderful sermon of pure gospel. There would be people present who probably had never known Jesus Christ, some who had not heard the gospel truth Jesus died for you, Jesus loves you. It was precious. It was long but seemed even too short.
    Let us love one another, for love is of God.

    This is a very encouraging devotional, Cass. Thank you!

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