This Week in the Bible Highlights: Light in the Darkness

This week’s theme: Light in the Darkness. When everything seems dark, there’s always “the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1

“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.” Psalm 19:1-4

All verses are NLT and photos/graphics are my own.

Genesis 49:31
“When Jacob had finished this charge to his sons, he drew his feet into the bed, breathed his last, and joined his ancestors in death.”

Jesus said in Matthew 22:32, “‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’So he is the God of the living, not the dead.”

These verses gave me comfort as I watched my Grandmama in her last days in 2012. I had read through this passage in January and it came back to me that March as she laid dying. She was the Matriarch, the spiritual backbone of our family. I held her hand and prayed that she would go peacefully as Jacob did and that she did right after we read a tribute to her that I’d written and played “Soon.” As the last verse ended, she breathed her last.

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20

How many times in your life have you endured betrayal, disappointment, loss, or grief and not understood at the time how God would work it out for good? We may not can see the bigger picture in the midst of tragedy, but we can be certain that God is working or our good even if it’s not the path we would have chosen.

“Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them.” Exodus 3:9

Looking back in time to see how God dealt with governments who oppress His people gives you comfort that He hears our cries in real time, as well as in the future. Keep praying, Christians around the world, He sees, He knows, He saves!

“I was thrust into your arms at my birth. You have been my God from the moment I was born.” Psalm 22:10 This verse always comes during birthday week at our house and it makes me think of my own walk and the way we dedicated our firstborn (who almost shares a birthday with me) to the Lord from the moment we found out we were going to have him.

“The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.” Psalm 22:26

This week I wandered the halls of our school and read the writing of some 2nd graders who had dreams for poor people to have food. I read this verse after that and realized that one day that dream will come true, until then, we have to be the Kingdom of God to the poor, bringing them food and pointing them to the eternal reality of Psalm 22:26.

“Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’” Matthew 19:4

There is so much confusion and darkness of simple truth in our day. I trust Jesus with my eternal salvation and also with his clear and straightforward statement affirming God’s word and God’s design for gender and marriage.

I pray something I wrote here encouraged you and built up your faith today. Until next time…

Look up,