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Light In The Darkness

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Life ChangeHave you ever been in the dark? Have you ever tried to walk thru your living room or another room in the dark? Do your toes scream to turn on the lights? Have you ever tried to climb the steps from the basement with the lights out because the switch was not in the right condition (you know: the switch is up when the lights are off and you have to change it – LOL)? OK – that last one was just me – I guess.

Next week is Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for in your life? Are you in a relationship with someone? If so – are you thankful for that relationship? Have you ever been without a meaningful relationship in your life? Have you ever been in the dark in a relationship? Wondering if he or she liked you? Wondering if this was the one – your life partner? Have you been burned several times and you’re tired of walking in the darkness? Have you sought a way to throw a little light on your relationships? Maybe even trying to figure out a relationship?

Have you ever wondered about life in general? Have you ever experienced dark moments when you felt depressed? Have you searched for the meaning of life only to come up empty? I imagine a lot of people struggle with understanding life – especially when it doesn’t seem to go as we planned.

Do you have a struggle in your faith walk? Are there times you wonder if there really is a God? Are there times when you wonder if you have the right doctrine or understanding of the Bible? Are you seeking after a little light to shine on the darkness of your understanding?

Today’s passage reminds us that God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet. God is the light of the world. God can and will show us the way – even in the darkest moments. If we are depressed and locked into a free fall – God will give us hope and security in Him – whether it is in relationships or our faith walk.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Psalm 119:105–112 – 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. 106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. 107 I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word. 108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. 109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law. 110 The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts. 111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. 112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.

Whatever we are facing – God will be there to help us. God will give us light to face the hard times and the good times. Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Currently – I’m praying for some light from God to shine upon our denomination and the 2020 General Conference that begins in May. One the questions we face has to do with our definition of marriage. Is it between one man and one woman or is it between to adults or is there some other definition? Another question is our standards for ordination. Can we can exclude some from serving as pastors depending on the collective definition of sin? Another is whether we can have diametrically different views on these questions and still have fellowship together under the same banner or denomination. Some are saying the United Methodist Church will split soon and that our 2020 General Conference will determine how. I’m praying that the Holy Spirit touches all delegates to vote God’s will rather than their own – without fear of reprisal from others. Lord – enlighten us to Your will.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – Begin now – praying for the 2020 General Conference and also for the 2020 Presidential Elections. Spend 5 minutes praying for the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of the delegates at General Conference and our nation. Thanks.

November 19, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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