Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Light of the Lord

Welcome! I’m joining In Other Words today where each week’s hostess chooses a quote or Scripture verse to ponder on and share our thoughts. This week’s hostess is Karen at In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus. She has chosen Micah 7:7-8. As I spent time reflecting on these verses, I read further and have decided to include Micah 7:9 as I share my thoughts.

As for me, I look to the Lord for help.
I wait confidently for God to save me,
and my God will certainly hear me.
Do not gloat over me, my enemies!
For though I fall, I will rise again.
Though I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be my light.
I will be patient as the Lord punishes me,
for I have sinned against him.
But after that, he will take up my case
and give me justice for all I have suffered from my enemies.
The Lord will bring me into the light,
and I will see his righteousness. – Micah 7:7-9 NLT

Darkness through one’s own sin.

Maybe like me you’ve been through a time when you felt like you were surrounded by darkness. Where you could see no way out, and you knew it was not because of someone else, but by your own mistakes and actions.

Every one of us makes mistakes and struggles through some time in our life. We find there are consequences to our actions, and God will let us face those consequences. He loves us too much not to.
And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” – Hebrews 12:5-6 NLT
God knows that through the times of darkness and discipline, is an opportunity for us to grow closer to Him. When we repent, He promises to forgive us; when we lean on Him, He gives us strength. When there is nothing else getting us through, we learn that God is there, walking beside us, and He is all we need.

Don’t be fooled by the darkness, and don’t believe the enemy when he tells you he’s won. God is there lighting our way through His Son Jesus. You may not see it at first, for it may only appear as a pinhole of light, but trust Him—it will continue to shine brighter and be easier to see until it’s so bright it’s blinding.

I don’t know how long your darkness may last. I don’t know when mine started or ended, but I do know He was there throughout. When I saw no way, He made a way. When I felt surrounded by darkness, the light was there, no matter how little of it I could see at the time.

Will you wait confidently for the Lord? He hears you and knows what you’re going through. Let His light be your glimmer of hope. For even though we fall, He picks us up and shows us the way. And His Way is always good.

In Christ,

11 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing today it was really good. I like what you said about don't be fooled by the darkness and Satan telling you he has won. We are not promised to be in the light at all times, there will be moments of darkness but we have a hope in God that He is there as our light. Whether a floodlight like we prefer or a tiny speck of light it doesn't matter. Just having Him present gives out a tremendous strength and hope.

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    1. Amen! Thanks Karen, and thanks for hosting In Other Words today.

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  2. Hi Laura,
    I'm from "On Your Heart on Tuesdays" and I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your reflections on this particular Scripture. We cannot go by what we feel, by our emotions. We must keep on by the revelation of our Lord in His Word, by His promises for He is Faithful, His love endures it all and endures forever, regardless of our circumstances. Blessings to you,
    In Christ
    gisela

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    1. I agree, our emotions can have us all over the place. But God is constant, secure and never changing. He is our hope and always faithful! Thanks Gisela!

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  3. Hi Laura - I love how you say, "Don't be fooled by the darkness" That is axactly what the devil wants. Such great words here Laura
    God bless
    Tracy

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  4. This post so reminds me of a poem I wrote many years ago called Out of the Darkness. It was published in a book of poetry but it is that long ago that I can't even remember who published it... I just know there were 100 poems in the book! I didn't purchase the book because the publisher wanted the full price for it and I thought this was a bit cheeky after providing a poem for the book. Not even 5% discount!!! I think I may have been had!!!

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  5. Wonderful thoughts to ponder, Laura -- thank you! Striving with you to not be fooled by darkness as I focus on the glimmer of hope.

    All for Him,
    Nikki

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    1. Just a glimmer of hope through Christ can be enough to get us through each day. Thanks Nikki!

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  6. What a great reminder that God always is there and always makes a way! Even when there seems to be no way! Stoppin by from Cafe Devotions! Blessings from simplyhelpinghim.com

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!