Psalm 139:11-17

The darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You. Psalm 139:12

A deep sense of darkness and emotional fear surrounded the disciples after Jesus was crucified. That was evidenced in the lives of two disciples from Emmaus. On their way home after the Crucifixion, both talked of the sorrow and loss they felt (Luke 24:13-31). Suddenly Jesus joined their journey, but neither recognized Him. They had spent hours listening to Him teach God’s Word, and yet they did not know who He was! Instead, their minds were filled with thoughts of tragedy and unrest. They had hoped that Jesus was the Messiah, but their dreams appeared shattered.

How does hopelessness get such a stronghold in our lives? For one, we become accustomed to looking for God in the sunlight. We practice seeing Him only in times of victory and peace.

But no amount of darkness can hide you from God. When you face times of darkness, pray, “Lord, remove any blinders from my eyes so that I may see Your goodness even in this season of darkness.” You may think there is no way for Him to encourage you, but He always finds a way. You may have just suffered a tremendous loss. As it was with the Emmaus disciples, tragedy can cloud your eyes as well as your thinking.

But God knows the hurt you feel. Therefore, keep moving toward Him. You may be able to take only small steps, but know that He waits for you with open arms.

Lord, I am moving toward Your open arms of love. Heal my hurt.

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