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Hope in Darkness

cloud“…The darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.” ~ I John 2:8

With recent catastrophes, all in quick succession, do you find yourself wondering what’s next? A horrific wildfire season in the western states, hurricane winds and floods in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other islands; a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Mexico. And now Las Vegas. The worst shooting in the history of the United States. I find myself deeply affected, and I’m sure you are, too.

How do you grapple with evil acts such as Stephen Paddock committed? How do you NOT think about what kind of natural disaster could come to your area? The world feels increasingly unsafe . . . and dark.

As I pondered these things, I came across I John 2:8. Yes, our world feels very much like a twilight zone, but good news! John tells us that this darkness is passing. What a wonderful reminder.

We must look away from troubling circumstances, set our minds on things above, not on earthly things (Col. 3:2). We must remember that Jesus said, “Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). Praise God for Jesus, the true light already shining.

Our times may continue to become increasingly perilous. Therefore, it is more important than ever to keep our eyes on the true light, the only real beacon of hope. To not let ourselves get distracted by, or fearful of, the encroaching, menacing darkness.

The world is literally dying before our eyes.
Roll up the proverbial sleeves; we have work to do.