Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jeremiah 38-40; Psalm 74 & 70: Day or Night, He Illumines Our Path

Psalm 74:16
Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have established the [starry] light and the sun.


God's people were about to enter a seventy year season of darkness as captivites in Babylon.  The people were in denial about what was about to occur.  They didn't want to face that what they had been doing, how they had been living was not acceptable to their heavenly Father.  They wanted only to listen to the prophets who preached peace and rest, but that is not the way of the seasons and cycles on earth

It's true Israel/Judah brought the dark, night season upon themselves, but that is not always the case.

All of us have times of day when all seems to be going our way, doors are opening, blessings are evident and peace in body and mind prevails.

We also have times of night when conflict and turmoil are evident.  Blessings can be difficult to identify during this time of diminished visibility.

No matter if we find ourselves in a season of day or night, whether we caused it or not, God is always with us, and He always provides the light we need to stay the course along our path.  During the day, light is provided by the sun, but the night has the stars and moon to cast light as well.

Just as we expect the sun to rise each morning signaling daybreak, so we can expect positive life experiences to follow difficulty.

The reverse is also true.  "We have as much reason to expect affliction, as to expect night and winter." Matthew Henry's Commentary

Lord, You always are with us and never forsake us.  Whether times are pleasant or whether challenging.  You always provide just the perfect amount of light to illumine our path.  Thank You!

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