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This Week's Standing Firm Men's Devotional

Saturday, September 13, 2014
DARKNESS, DESPAIR AND DISCOURAGEMENT

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:1-5
 
Is the light of Christ shining in your life? Are you experiencing the joy of your salvation? Or are your days filled with darkness, despair and discouragement? Are you struggling to find hope in the midst of your struggles? Christ came to dispel the darkness of sin and death. Instead of cursing the darkness, praise God for sending His light into the world for the salvation of souls.
 

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  1 John 1:5
 
Those walking with Christ will never curse the darkness. Christ does not promise you a life without trials. He does promise to be with you during your trials. Praise God for sending His light into the world.
 

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:23
 
Christ is the true light in the world. There are many false lights in the world that can pull you away from the one true light. To illustrate this, consider the moth. Moths are peculiar creatures. During the day, moths tend to be inactive. They have abundant natural light available to them yet they lie inactive in the dark shadows. At night however, moths are relentless in their pursuit of the artificial. They will crash into sources of artificial light over and over again, for hours on end, never satisfied. If you try to shoo away a moth from a light bulb, they will tenaciously return. Come morning, the moths are again calm and listless. Moths are impatient little creatures that seek the artificial and ignore the true light.
 

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.  Isaiah 42:16
 
Is your faith walk like the activity of the moth? Are you relentlessly pursuing the artificial that can never satisfy your deepest desire? Are you cursing the darkness while continuing to live in despair and discouragement? Christ wants to light your way. He wants to give you peace and comfort and joy in the midst of your struggles. Turn to Christ. Give Him all of your worries and concerns. He will guide you and show you the way to true happiness that comes from a life lived in the light of His love.
 

Jesus spoke…“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12
 
As a disciple of Christ, you need to be patient in the darkness of marital separation and divorce. Wait in the darkness with expectant hope that Christ will shine His light on your marriage. Difficulties and struggles will pass. If you fail to acknowledge of the power of Christ to bring peace and healing in your relationships, you will be like the stupid moth that lives a life of hell on earth. You will fly about crashing into artificial light that will never satisfy the deepest yearning in your heart. Instead of wallowing in the darkness of despair, take all of your worries and fears to the cross of Jesus. Let all of the garbage in your life be crucified with Christ. He will shine His light in the midst of the darkness, replacing your despair with hope and joy.
 

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays.  Malachi 4:2
 
Begin to eagerly expect the good work that Christ wants to bring to completion in you, your spouse and your marriage. Jesus will bring something good and beautiful out of the darkness of divorce. All things work for good for those who love the Lord (Rom 8:28). Christ is the source of light and life. Seek Him with all your heart and do not despair.
 

You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.  2 Samuel 22:29
 
Let Jesus embrace you and heal you. Let His light shine through you. What kind of witness are you to the healing power of Christ if you choose to remain in darkness and despair? That is where Satan wants you to be. Satan wants you in despair and discouragement, choking out all signs of light in your life. Do not give in to his schemes to disarm you. As a follower of Christ, your life should be a witness to the saving power of Christ. Your joy and hope in the midst of struggles is a powerful witness to a fallen world, a world so in need of God’s love and mercy. Be an instrument of healing not only in your marriage but also in the world.
 

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.  Isaiah 9:2
 
You have a choice, my Brother. You can wallow in the darkness of despair or you can step out in faith with the light of Christ? What do you have to lose except the hell of despondency? Break the chains of the self-imposed prison of despair and live in joyful expectation of all that God wants to do in you and through you for the healing of your marriage. God is graciously faithful and He will do it.
 

You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.  Psalm 18:28
 
God bless you, my Brother. May the light of Christ burn brightly in your heart.


Dennis L. Wingfield
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.
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but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:31
 

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