When Your Heart Needs Light

Sometimes we need a deeper understanding of God’s eternal perspective.

Maybe you have just been through so much difficulty and loss lately that you can’t “see the forest for the trees.” I know that feeling. I’ve been there. Recently. And in those times, I step away and draw near to the Lord. I know — you’ve heard me say all this before. But really, it’s the only way I can get to the truth of things and hear God speak in His Word.

There are those desperate times when our heart needs light. And God promises it. Paul prayed it for those in the church. Stop right now and pray these words for yourself and others dear to you —

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called — His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him.
Ephesians 1:18-19 NLT

Oh yes, in the times when your heart needs light you need to embrace the confident hope God has for you and the greatness of His power for you. Hope and power go a long way to solving any difficult circumstance that is threatening to do you in.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the prince of preachers, encourages us with these words —

If you are under a cloud, seek your Lord. Stand still in your deep sorrow and say, “Dear Lord, the preacher tells me that Your cross once stood in darkness like this. Oh, Jesus, hear me!” He will respond. The Lord will look out of the pillar of cloud and shed a light on you. He is no stranger to heartbreak. “I know their sorrows,” said the Lord to Moses (Ex. 3:7). Trust Him, and He will cause His light to shine on you. Lean on Him, and He will bring you out of the gloomy wilderness into the land of rest. May God help you to lean on Him.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon in Beside Still Waters

Not so recently, I remember a particular morning I stood in the darkness of the desert just waiting for the sunrise. I set up my tripod, got my camera ready, and then waited and watched. Slowly but surely the sun rose and cast its light across the sky and mountains where I was. At first, there were only faint outlines of everything around me, but soon I could see the beauty emerging as the light grew brighter. That sunrise stuck with me – etched in my memory.

That’s how it is when we stop everything and draw near to the Lord. We open His Word, we live in it as we follow His lead in reading significant passages filled with promises of His care and concern. And we believe anew that He will indeed provide for us in His time and in His way. We may be weak but He is strong. And the promise remains that His power is perfected in our weakness.

Paul discovered this very thing when God told him, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT). Paul was able to say in response to the light that flooded his heart from his Lord, “So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT).

So dear friend, may the Lord flood your heart with light from His Word today.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: When Your Heart Needs Light
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  • Description: A memorable sunrise in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 11/17/12
  • Camera: Nikon D7000 12.0mm-24.0mm — FL 22.0mm, ISO 100, f/11.0, 3 Bracketed EXP.
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