Today's Daily Bible Verse here on CB is Psalm 18:28. In the NIV it reads:
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
I read that passage one morning shortly before I started chemotherapy nine years ago. After reading them, I began to cry for at the moment, everything seemed so incredibly dark. These words however, reminded me that in the beginning when God said "Let there be light.", there was light. There was no sun, there were no stars and there was no moon to reflect that light, yet the impossible had happened. There was light. Why? Because God had power over the darkness and darkness was formed into light at His command.
God did not banish the darkness forever, though one day He will. For reasons only God fully knows, God permitted it to remain...within certain parameters. God set up and God controls those parameters. We must never lose sight of that, particularly in our darkest and most difficult moments when you literally feel like you are being suffocated by the darkness.
I am writing this blog on the morning of Good Friday and as I write it I am recalling that today millions of Christians around the world will be remembering the darkest of dark days. They will remember the pain, the suffering, the loneliness, the humiliation and the death of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God that was slain for the forgiveness of our sins. The darkest day was the necessary prelude to the most glorious thing of all, the Resurrection!
Though it may be impossible to imagine, God really can turn our darkness into light and God will.
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