December 21st is the longest night of the year; it is the darkest time of the year. Yet Christmas lights pierce the darkness around us. There's a spiritual parallel. John 12:46 "Jesus said, `I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer wander in darkness." He's not talking about physical darkness... He's talking about personal darkness, spiritual darkness.
Everybody has dark times in life, seasons of disappointment, distress, doubt or depression. You probably can relate to at least one of those. You may be going through a dark season in your life right now. What do you do when you're going through a dark season in life? You look to the Lord to help you through your difficult time.
The Bible says, "You Lord, are my light; you dispel my darkness." 1 Samuel 22:29. Because Jesus came at Christmas time, you don't have to live in darkness. Below are four ways He's promised to dispel your darkness:
He will encourage you when you're disappointed. He encourages you by helping you realize He's got a plan, a purpose for your life. Jeremiah 29 "The plans I have for you, says the Lord, are plans to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you hope and a future."
He will strengthen you when you're distressed. The darkest part of the night is when light shines the brightest. Nothing can devastate you because He's with you and promises to strengthen you. Psalm 23:4 "Even though I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me." The theme of Psalms in one sentence: "Life is tough, but God is good." If you're a little discouraged right now, read the book of Psalms everyday and hope will begin to rise inside of you.
He will guide you when you're doubtful. When you're confused and don't know which way to go He will guide you. John 8;12 "Jesus said,`I am the Light f the world. So if you follow me, you won't be stumbling through darkness, for living light will flood your path.'"
He will change you when you're depressed. He can change you. Ephesians 5:13 "It is possible for light to turn the thing it shines upon into light also." When the light of God shines in your life, it brightens you up and takes out of that pit of despair and the hope and light of God fills your life. He can do for you what years of therapy can't do. He dispels the darkness in your life; not anything or anybody else.
I would like to personally invite you to our Community Candlelight Service this year on December 24th at 10am. Visit our website at NBC4U.org for more information and directions or call 916- 992-1997.