“Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous… They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.”
-Psalm 112:4; 7-8
“It’s not about the magnitude of the darkness around you. It’s about the strength of the light inside of you.”
We don’t have to be afraid of the dark. God lights our way! We don’t have to look at our circumstances in fear. Pastor Steven Furtick preached a sermon called, “The Power of Precision.” In this sermon he says, “Open the window. The window that faces your enemy. You’ve been looking at your limitations long enough. See the victory before the fight starts. View the victory!” We can face our foes triumphantly because Jesus has already overcome and we belong to Him. The godly don’t just trust in God, they “confidently trust the Lord.” To be confident means to have “full assurance.” If our focus is on Christ and His limitless love and ability, not on “our own understanding,” we have nothing to fear!
Who are we to question Jesus? “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the Lord. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). We look at our circumstances and focus our attention on the possible outcomes in the here and now. When God looks at our circumstances, He looks at it in reverse. He sees the big picture that we can’t, the growth that happens as a result. That’s why it is so important to “trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:5-6).” He will show you! That’s a promise of what God will do if you trust Him and seek His will!
“Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? (Matthew 6:28-30)” The lilies of the field don’t “work or make their clothing.” God provides their clothing for them. He doesn’t just provide for them. He gives them the most beautiful clothing- even more beautiful than “Solomon in all his glory.”
“Since he did not spare even his own Son, but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? (Romans 8:32)” Just as He provided the most beautiful clothing for the lilies of the field, He also provided the most beautiful clothing for us- the clothing of salvation- when He sent His best, His only Son to die for us. “I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).”
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life- whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27)” “Your heavenly Father” makes it personal. He wants intimacy with us. It doesn’t say, “God feeds them.” Though He is an all-powerful God, He wants to be our Father- the One we trust, the One we come to for advice, the One we love.
“Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness- you are their glorious strength. It pleases you to make us strong (Psalm 89: 15-17).” For those who know who God is, it makes sense to worship Him for His greatness, His grace, and who He is. To truly know Him is to love Him because He is love. When we have no strength left, He has an unlimited amount of strength that He wants to give us. He is our “glorious strength.” All He wants is for us to trust Him and ask. God doesn’t enjoy seeing His beloved children suffer. In His strength, we overcome. In His strength, we soar above our wildest dreams.