October 26, 2020
His Gentle Shines in Your Darkness
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“The sunshine shines within the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 (NIV)
I spent most of my childhood doing my homework at the hours of darkness below a burning fuel lamp. As conflict erupted in my Center Japanese nation, we had electrical energy solely eight hours a day, after which it was darkish.
Not solely was my nation bodily darkish, it was additionally spiritually darkish. My household skilled the results of this darkness, as we have been the one Christians in our village. Once we shared the gospel with our neighbors, we acquired heavy persecution and loss of life threats urging us to cease, or my father could be killed. I skilled darkness at my faculty as nicely, the place I used to be bullied for my religion. Typically, my coronary heart sank deep inside me as I felt the rejection from these round me.
Persecution was affecting my household from the skin, however from the within, poverty was taking on.
We regularly lacked meals and generally solely had uncooked onion and bread for dinner. We lived in a small house with no furnishings, couches or beds. I desired to have new garments, dolls and toys, however we couldn’t afford them, and I didn’t obtain items on Christmas or my birthday.
But, my mother and father constantly inspired me to be content material and to maintain my eyes on Jesus. Mother recited Psalm 23 to me each evening earlier than going to mattress, and he or she taught me to hope and convey all my must God.
Throughout this season of darkness, Christian sources have been restricted. Apart from discovering different Christians to fulfill, a Christian radio station broadcasted two hours a day. My household desired to have entry to the station, however we couldn’t afford a radio. Being a household of prayer, we introduced this have to God.
Then God pierced by way of our darkness.
Amid the conflict, poverty and persecution, I used to be given the present of a fantastically wrapped shoebox packed by somebody midway internationally who wished to point out me God’s love.
My household gathered to open the shoebox. As I opened it, my coronary heart was crammed with pleasure! I discovered many issues that have been a solution to my prayers and mirrored my innermost self so nicely. There have been hygiene gadgets, faculty provides and lots of stunning toys corresponding to a slinky and a Beanie Child.
As we rejoiced over every merchandise contained in the field, there was one other shock awaiting us. Contained in the shoebox was a smaller field, and inside that field we discovered a mini radio!
Out of thousands and thousands of containers, God orchestrated that field to come back particularly to my household with what we would have liked and had prayed for. That day, as I sat in our room holding my field, the darkness didn’t go away, but it surely was overcome by God’s gentle. Simply because the Bible says in John 1:5, “The sunshine shines within the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
From that day ahead, each time I turned on the radio, I used to be reminded that God is the God of particulars. In a singular but abnormal method, He pierced by way of the encircling darkness and confirmed me that I’m seen and beloved by Him, even when rejected by many.
There are occasions when darkness appears too overwhelming and blinds us from seeing God’s presence in our lives. The enemy makes use of many types of assault to blur and even blind our imaginative and prescient of the One True Gentle.
However God is just not deterred by the darkness round us.
Proceed to hunt God even when all the pieces is darkish. God is actively working behind the scenes. He’s nonetheless the God of affection, the God of peace and the God of answered prayers.
Heavenly Father, generally I’m too overwhelmed by my conditions and don’t see or really feel You. Would You pull me into Your gentle and permit me to see You shine by way of my darkness? Assist me belief what You’re doing in my life even after I have no idea all the small print. In Jesus’ Identify, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
John 8:12, “When Jesus spoke once more to the individuals, he mentioned, ‘I’m the sunshine of the world. Whoever follows me won’t ever stroll in darkness, however could have the sunshine of life.’” (NIV)
In the present day, Dania serves as a Nationwide Spokesperson with Operation Christmas Child, and he or she loves listening to many tales of God altering lives all world wide, in addition to sharing her personal story of God’s faithfulness all through her life.
REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What sort of darkness is round you proper now? Would you ask God to point out you His gentle within the midst of what you’re going by way of? He is aware of each little element of your life, and no darkness can ever overcome His love. Share your prayers of hope with us in the comments today!
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