You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. -Psalm 18:28 (NIV)
For we walk by faith, not by sight. -2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. -Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? -Psalm 27:1 (NIV)
Years ago, I played a frightening video game called Silent Hill, where your character was constantly walking and running through the deserted town of the same name. It was always dark and rainy, and your little flashlight would only illuminate the ground a few feet in front of you. The atmospheric music and unholy creatures that would attack you ensured that you would walk in fear and trepidation.
Silent Hill is not so fictional, is it?
Walking in this world isn’t terribly different, if you think about it. As believers, God’s Word guides us as we walk by faith. Day by day, night by night, God makes our path clearer to us, and He is laying the steps before us toward His plans and answered prayers. To us, though, it sometimes it may feel like we’re going nowhere. No change.
Meanwhile, dark threats are so strong in this world that they even attack in the light: temptation, hate, greed, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, condemnation, and so on. It’s a constant onslaught in our walk, no matter where we turn. The enemy is just waiting for us to trip up and help us defeat ourselves.
Fear not. Fear nothing!
But fellow traveler and agent of His light, I am here to tell you that we need fear nothing. We need fear no one. We have the Lord and His inerrant Word as our guide in this dark world. And from His Word issue forth many promises and tenets that we can hold onto to stay focused through the bleakest, discouraging, and frightening stretches of our walk.
Walk in faith and in the assurance of His promises
Remember that we walk in total faith and obedience, prayerfully surrendering all to Him, including the very dreams He places in our hearts, knowing from His Word that His Word shall not return void (Isaiah 55:11). That He fulfills surrendered dreams manyfold according to His will and timing (Genesis 22:16-18). That we can come boldly before His throne and ask in belief, and we will receive (Matthew 21:22, Matthew 7:7).
Step boldly, surely, and powerfully, friend. We train our eyes on the Lord, with His Word and promises to buoy our hearts and souls when our eyes and brains tell us the walk is fruitless. We walk by faith, not by sight. Our destination, and those things for which we pray along the way, are already assured. Let us honor the Lord in our steadfast, faithful steps, knowing and showing the world that He is in control!
Who’s afraid of the dark? Not us! We drive deep into it, blazing His light brilliantly through it!