The Lord Will Give Me Light – Part 2
“… Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.” (Micah 7:8 NIV)
In the midst of depressing circumstances and impending judgment because of the sin of God's people in turning to idols, the prophet Micah confessed that he was in the dark as to what was happening around him and what he was going to do as a result. That’s a battle we all face in those times when we’re not exactly sure what God is doing in our lives—when we’re wondering why things are working out the way they’re working out; when we realize that things aren’t going according to our plans; when we don’t know where the answer is coming from. As Christians, we know there is a God in heaven, but what to do?
The great danger we face when we’re in the dark is that emotions can take over. When you’ve been laid off from your job, and you sit for months and months, and you have a family, and you don’t know what else to do, the temptation is to start living by those emotions—and they can really get negative. The first emotion that can attack us all is fear, which causes us to listen to the enemy of our souls, who whispers in the night: “You’re going to collapse… It’s going to have a terrible ending… You’re going to lose everything… That wayward son or daughter will never come back… You’ll never get another job…” and on and on and on. When fear takes over, instead of trusting God, we start running from God; instead of looking to God, we start looking at the negative circumstances around us. Not only do we lose sleep and get agitated, but we start making terrible decisions; or we can just have an emotional breakdown from the pressure of not knowing how it’s all going to work out. Emotions are wonderful servants, but they’re terrible masters. When God is controlling our emotions, we can have great joy in the midst of difficulty; but when emotions become our ruler, we’re going to crash.
Religion is not about emotions, however; it’s about trusting God. We have to realize that whether we’re up or down, God is not changing! We have to come back to what the prophet Micah realized: “I may be in the dark now, but God is going to show me what to do, and he’s going to bring me through.” In other words, he was saying, “Don’t worry about it. I don’t have to know everything at every single moment.”
Do you get the point? We can’t judge what God is doing by just taking one pinprick in our lives and asking, “Hey, what’s going on right now?” God sees the big picture, and he has a great plan for our lives. At any given moment, we may not see his hand or know exactly what he is doing; but in his bigger plan, he’s saying, “No, it’s in the valley that I’m going to restore that soul. I’m going to bring them out, but I have to bring my child through this path to get them to the place where I have planned for them to be.
Today, if you are facing a tough situation, and you don’t know what to do, don’t give in to fear and face the risk of making a decision you’ll later regret. In fact, don’t force anything. Instead, draw near to God and say, “Lord, I need light! Lead me in the way that I should go!” He will answer your prayer!
Read Micah 7:8-10.