God in the darkness

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24

Like the flip of a switch, I am prone to wandering away from the light into the darkness–in my thoughts, my heart, or my actions.  No matter how good my intentions might appear, the reality of my sin can be a painful, sobering truth.  The Bible says that we have all sinned, there are no exceptions.  The beautiful thing is that despite our sin, we are incredibly loved and incredibly forgiven.  I can never hear that enough.

 I came across upon the prayer below this morning and embraced it immediately.  I love how it depicts someone yearning for God to appear, even when we’re in darkness.  How it acknowledges Christ’s forgiveness and His nearness, though we’re prone to wander.  How it cries out for God’s strength when we stumble, or forget to call upon Him.  How is prays earnestly for God to come quickly and keep us close.   

Come swiftly, O Lord, to the dark moments when we are lost.  Make us aware of Thy presence.  Strengthen us to resit the urges and pulls to deeper darkness.  Stir us to move away from the dark moments of sinfulness toward the light of Thy forgiveness.  Come quickly, O Lord, as we call – or forget to call – and keep Thou close to us and keep us close to Thee this day and night and as far as the days and nights stretch before us, through Christ.  Amen.  

                            James W. Kennedy, Holy Island – A Lenten Pilgrimage

A great reminder that God is our Helper, and He freely bestows His grace upon us.

“I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you.  I said, ‘You are my servant; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.  So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:9-10