The Lord Is My Light

Micah 7:8b “When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.”

     Our family has passed through Chattanooga, Tennessee several time while vacationing.  On one of those trips we visited a popular tourist spot called Ruby Falls.  By elevator, we were carried to the center of Lookout Mountain, where we walked along a well-worn path viewing the many cave sights.  It wasn’t long before in the distance we could hear the sound of falling water, which soon became louder and louder.  Then we entered a large dimly lit open area and the water sound was very near.  Suddenly spot lights were turned on and we could see the beautiful falls.  While we were enjoying the view, the guide offered to “show” us what darkness was like, and turned off the lights.  During those few moments my eyes desperately searched for a ray of light upon which to grasp, but there wasn’t any.  That’s the kind of darkness that can be “felt”, for the absence of all light makes the darkness have a feeling of entombment.
     The Egyptians experienced such a darkness during one of the ten plagues that God sent, “And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.  And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all of the land of Egypt three days; They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days;”  Exodus 10:21-23a
     Many events in our lives can cause us to “sit in darkness.”  Perhaps you are plagued with sickness and pain in your body, or maybe your problem is a mental depression that overwhelms you.  Perhaps you are under the load of a serious financial burden or the death of a loved one.  Yes, the happenings in our lives that cause us to “sit in darkness” are too numerous to name, but there is one truth that we can cling to and that is “the Lord shall be a light unto me.”  During the plague of darkness in Egypt, the Bible says, “But all the Children of Israel had light in their dwelling.”  Exodus 10:23b.  There may be darkness all around us, but it cannot penetrate into the heart of a child of God, for “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”  I John 1:15b.  Therefore we can boldly say with the Psalmist, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
Theme: The Better Way: Light is Good: Having the Lord As My Light Is Better
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About Gail Slawson

I am a 68 year old wife, mother and grandmother. After 48 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 2 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors and greeters in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
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6 Responses to The Lord Is My Light

  1. Anita says:

    Very interesting and very true. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Belinda says:

    “Thank you Gail for your caring ways and sharing of the devotions. You are a Heaven sent Angel. LOVE YOU”

  3. Michelle M says:

    “thanks for sharing Gail, that was great”

  4. Tracey says:

    Thank you so much for this, I surely needed this Word of encouragement today.

  5. Advent says:

    Excellent article!

  6. Thank you so much Mrs Gail! Such timely and encouraging words. It has been a hard few days as I struggle to hold on to hope when the world, my husband, and every part of my situation says it is over, fighting is worthless, hoping is in vain; but every scripture or devotion I read, every sermon I listen to, every time I pray the whisper I hear under all the shouts to give up, is to rest in Christ, trust and hope in His healing, wait on His timing, find peace in His grace, pray in His power and have faith in reconciling for His glory. When it feels like he would never be swayed and I feel the hopelessness of it all, God in providence brought me to Jonah as a gentle reminder that God has nature and nations at his disposal; his children cannot outrun his sovereignty or grace. I believe he is God’s child, therefore ultimately, how can he not turn back to God and repent. Praying, hoping, waiting and trusting. I appreciate your encouragement and covet your prayers!

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