What to Do When You Are “in the Dark”

“I am the light for the world! Follow me, and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life” [Jesus] John 8:12.

Get your super-dark eye protection ready because in August a total solar eclipse will cross the United States, the first since one was visible in Hawaii back in 1991. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth creating near complete darkness for only a few minutes.

This year’s total solar eclipse will be visible across a 60-mile-wide arc of the U.S. on Monday, August 21, beginning in Oregon at 10:15 a.m. local time and ending in South Carolina about an hour-and-a-half later.

You might feel that you are living, operating, functioning “in the dark” so to speak now. Perhaps you’ve lost a job, or a loved one. Maybe you’re battling a serious illness. Did you experience a relationship fall apart, or possibly become more and more strained. Or maybe you struggle with the darkness of your own soul. What dark deeds have haunted you? What sinful lusts or selfish desires? What bitterness do you carry? Or is your darkness a jaded cynicism? Does the darkness of discontent, jealousy, or envy have you in its grips?

I have good news for you! Light has come, and that Light is a person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You see, in John 8:12 Jesus described Himself as our Light. Can you recall the last time you had to walk through a room in your house in the dark? Did you run into a wall, or stub your toe on a piece of furniture? You can’t see in the dark.

And maybe you are having a hard time seeing some light in your current situation. You need some some wisdom, some insight, some help for handling your present circumstances. Jesus is that light. So, how does the light of Christ become real in your personal life?

Follow Jesus

You “follow” Jesus, John 8:12 states. What does it mean to follow Jesus? If you were in the military you would follow your commanding officer. To follow Jesus means you make Him the commanding officer in your life. As a citizen you obey the laws of the land. To follow Jesus you obey His teachings. If you made an appointment with a trusted counselor you would follow that counselor’s advice. To follow Jesus you follow His advice given to us in the pages of the Bible.

Maybe your “darkness” right now is that you have a need—a bill to pay or a need for strength. Jesus can meet that need. “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ” promises Philippians 4:19.

Is your darkness worry and anxiety over a problem you face? Jesus said, “My peace I give to you” (John 14:27).

Your darkness might be the guilt you feel because of a decision you made that did not honor God, or a sin against God’s standards that you committed. Jesus delights in forgiving us when we mess up. 1 John 1:9 promises, “If we confess sins, [agreeing with God that we have sinned] he [Jesus] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.”

Just as the sun gives us light to see so we can go about our day, there is another Light that shines illuminating the way out of whatever “darkness” prevents us from living a full and meaningful life. Call on Jesus. He will give you the light you need. That’s hopeful!

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