“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2).
[Note from Vicki: What are the odds that I’d hear the same verse on the radio I planned to use for this devotional? With 31,101 verses in the Bible, I’d say it would be unlikely. When I heard the pastor on the radio quote Isaiah 9:2, I almost swerved my car.]
Fireworks sales have popped up on every corner. A tell-tale sign that the 4th of July is approaching. What’s the secret to spotting fireworks? Simple. Look up. In the darkness you’ll find beautiful lights.
Sounds easy. Not so easy when we’re trying to find God in our struggles.
Where are You God? Are You still there? I’m in so much pain and feel so alone. What’s to become of my life?
It’s hard to trust Him when we can’t track Him.
Can God be found? Does He want us to find Him? Yes!
Psalm 14:2 tells us, “The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.”
In Hebrews 11:6 we read His promise that, “Anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Deuteronomy 4:29 even tells us how to seek Him. “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Psalm 63:1 gives us an example. “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”
1 Chronicles 22:19 tells us, “Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.”
People with chronic illness or pain may feel like “those living in the land of deep darkness.” How can God be found? July 4th celebrations will remind us to look up. Look to God. Ask Him to reveal His great Light.
God’s light is much more than a beautiful burst of colors that brightens the sky and quickly disappears. His light illuminates our heart with lasting and perfect peace.
Prayer: Dear Father, Thank You that Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path (Psalm 119:105). Guide my feet into the path of peace (Luke 1:79). When trials seem to swallow me like quicksand, help me devote my heart and soul to seeking You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 31 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her blog, she reaches out to other mothers of children with mental illness. http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net/
Perhaps this has happened to you: one verse or passage follows you around. You hear it at church and on the radio. Then it pops out again in your devotions. How has God spoken to you in this way?
Happy Fourth of July from myself and all of us here at Rest Ministries. We are honored to have so many friends who live outside of the USA who read our devotionals each day and we know that God has blessed us all to be able to share about God’s love across the oceans. The video below will give you a few minutes to stop and thank God above for blessing America. Whatever country you live in, take a moment to ask God to give the leaders wisdom and the people the convictions of God’s Word. God bless America. -Lisa