Job 29:3 (GNT) God was always with me then and gave me light as I walked through the darkness.
The Lord is always with you in the dark places of your life.
When God takes you to a depth of soul experience be alert to new truths and new perspectives.
During these times God often leads us to amazing new discoveries. It can be a storehouse of unexpected riches for the soul.
Jesus never entertained the idea of removing Himself from the darkness and pain of the world.
Instead, repeatedly in the Gospel accounts, we see a Jesus who intentionally immersed Himself in the darkness of the world around Him.
And sought to bring the light of God’s love into the places light was most needed.
I began the journey of writing Word cup daily devotionals in the middle of a broken time in my life.
Today, the devotionals are read daily by hundreds of people, and it is amazing to me. God has revealed to me specialized strategies that have benefited countless others.
Writing has become a critical ministry of God’s work in me. If I had not gone through that dark time, I wouldn’t be writing today.
In today’s reading the proverbial leader named Job shares a word for our lives.
While you are in a dark season, remember to live each day to the fullest. We must live each day to the fullest. We can’t live in the past or in the future.
We must live in the moment that God gives us right now. Our time of deliverance will come according to God’s schedule.
Meanwhile, we need to be faithful in doing what God has given us to do and be content in the place where the Lord has established us.
It’s important to surround yourself with positive people, people who are generally optimistic, hopeful, energized, and strive for excellence.
Being with people who consistently demonstrate these characteristics inspires us to emulate them and creates in us a passion to move forward in life, to make a positive difference in the world.
People who live on the other end of the spectrum have a tendency to pull us down. They seem to have a natural propensity to complain, be negative, and highly pessimistic.
These people are toxic and have a way of draining our energy while making us feel like the world is about to crumble beneath us.
Trying to escape the world for the sake of maintaining personal holiness is a concept that is nowhere to be found in the life and public ministry of Jesus.
However, I just wanted to remind you that living life to the fullest is your responsibility. It seems in today’s reading our Brother Job embraces this truth.
Point to ponder
When we go through a trial of adversity, we need to understand that God is performing radical work in our life.
The purpose of this work is not to destroy us, but to give us His purpose. God is making a fundamental change in who we are and who we will be. Walk through people of God!
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