Light Dispels Darkness by Helen Khan

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night, even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day. Psalm 139: 11 – 12

Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night and it’s pitch-black outside; neither a streetlight, nor a star penetrates the darkness? It is dark, absolutely, completely, totally dark. You can’t see a thing. You grope for your torch (flashlight), turn it on and the beams penetrate the darkness, dispelling the darkness.

Life is sometimes like that. Sometimes the future seems dark and ominous. Sometimes our past has been dark, violent, oppressive. The future doesn’t paint a better picture. We fall into despair, anxiety and depression. Life is one downward spiral. From our vantage point, gloom overwhelms, the valley is dark and there is no light in sight.

That’s our vantage point but the above-captioned verses tell us that there is One who sees differently. The darkness we see is light to God. He peers through the darkest night with eyes that see as if it were day. Does that comfort you to know that God sees through the darkness into our lives? Does it comfort you that you are not alone, even in your darkest hour? God is there to shed light and dispel your darkness.

Jesus said he is “the light of the world”. He is the torch, the flashlight shedding light into darkness. Without Jesus, darkness lives on. But when we turn to Jesus, “the light of the world”, the dark part of our heart, the darkness in our life, is dispelled. John Piper wrote, “The light of Christ is the brightness of God shining on the retina of the human soul.”

Our maybe you are afraid of the dark. Maybe you live in a danger zone where evil comes out at night. Robberies, murders and other crimes are usually done in the shrouds of darkness. Thieves do not want to be seen. If you live in a high-crime area, just walking down the street might bring fear.

God doesn’t promise us that we will never have troubles. And we do have to take safety precautions. He doesn’t’ want us to act foolishly. But we can have the assurance that God sees that intruder lurking in the dark. He sees through the body into the darkness of man’s heart. Does knowing that God has his watchful eye on you, even in the dark give you comfort? Does knowing that nothing is too dark for God to make light comfort you?

I hope it does.

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The Valley of Darkness by Helen Khan

If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! Psalm 139: 8

For some, darkness is an everyday occurrence. We wrestle with demons at night; the wounds and pains that run replay through our mind. Morning dawns with no desire to get up and enjoy a day ahead of us. There is no joy ahead, only the dark gloom of an unwanted day.

You finally climb out of bed because of obligation or duty, but not because of joy. Life goes on, in the same rut. Maybe the children must be fed, work has to be done. Trudge on, trudge on. Let’s make it through the day, even if all you want to do is sit and wish the day gone.

This is not something you can easily snap out of; it’s easier said than done. Depression doesn’t work that way. You feel that there is no one who understands or can help. You are alone in the journey and you prefer alone; as much as your heart cries for someone to love you, you also push others away. This is your battle. Besides, who wants to be with miserable old you anyway?

You cry for help, inside, but laugh on the outside. You pretend life is just fine when it couldn’t be worse. The valley is dark and deep, and heaven is no where in sight. You feel depressed and alone.

But you are not alone. The one who loves you most, who thinks about you continually. He sees all your tears and puts them in his bottle of remembrance, He is the one who knows the number of hairs on your head and sees you and is even with you in your valley of darkness.

In the verse above, it says “if I make my bed in Sheol, he is there with me”. What is Sheol? Sheol is the place of the dead, dark place where spirits of the deceased go. Does it sound a bit like where you are right now?

There, in the depth of darkness, God is with you. Where misery is, so is light, so is love, so is comfort. He is waiting to lift you up, hold your hand and take you to heights unknown. If you call out to him, he hears you. If you reach out your hand, know that he is there, even if you don’t feel it right away.

It might take time to know he is there. That is okay. There is no rush, take your time. Think about what the verse is trying to tell you. If the verse brings you any comfort, cling to it. Read it over and over until it becomes a truth that encourages you and lifts you up. Someday the light will shine, and you will ascend to heights above the valley, maybe even there may be days on a mountain top. Everyone has spells of depression, and you might have a fallback time, but don’t despair; God is with you, even “if you make your bed in Sheol, he is there with you”. Take his hand and he will help you climb up the valley banks again.

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