The devotional I am currently doing is walking me through the book of John. John was a disciple of Jesus, and this book is his recording of Jesus’s time here on earth. I’ve read through the New Testament a lot in my life. I have read the book of John numerous times, but what I love about the Bible is that every single time something different stands out to me. The same happened as I was reading the first chapter of John earlier this week. The following verse stuck out to me.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5 ESV
I had read this verse numerous times before, but for some reason it really hit home for me. It caused me to take a moment and reflect. It caused me to think about the dark seasons of life I have experienced. I know I refer to it a lot, but I walked through a very dark season this past year. There were numerous days when I was wandering around aimlessly in the dark. There was no “light” in sight, at least that’s what it felt like. Ever have a season like that? A season when you feel as though the darkness takes over, and you long for the light, even the tiniest little glimpse of it? You long for something to give you hope and bring light into the pit of darkness and despair.
But then I read this verse, and it reminded me that even on my darkest day, there is still light. I can have hope even on my darkest days because I have Christ. He is light! He is where light is found. He is where hope is found. Even on my darkest day, the light of Christ can still shine into my situation and into my life. Why? Because the darkness cannot overcome Him; He has overcome the darkness. If I can somehow keep my focus and my eyes on Jesus, I can still see a glimpse of hope and light. I have experienced this first hand in my life. I truly felt like the darkness was never going to end, that it was going to swallow me up, but God’s light continually busted through. The moments when I thought I had nothing left, God did what only He could do, and gave me the supernatural strength to persevere.
He can do the same for you. The darkness may feel like it will never end, like it is taking over your life, but it cannot overcome God. If you have God, you have the source of light. Allow God’s light to shine in those dark places. Allow God to shine and give you exactly what you need. Trust me, I know it feels helpless, dark, as if there is no end in sight, but keep looking to Christ. He is the only thing that will truly get you through. He is the only One who has overcome the darkness and pain you are experiencing. He alone is the true source of light. Even when it is hard, keep looking to the Light! I am confident He will shine through.
You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
Psalm 18:28 NLT