Before my dear friend passed away last year from cancer, she said, “If I don’t memorize the Scripture now, I am scared that one day when I go blind, I will have nothing to hold fast to.”
She continued on sharing how, before cancer began torturing her (she had five failed surgeries before her death), the Scripture often appeared as dry letters, yet during her time of suffering, they became alive to her. “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
Those who follow Jesus will not always experience triumphs in life. There are always seasons of joy and seasons of sorrow. That’s life. That’s how we enter into deeper union with Him.
In our times of darkness — when we are confused about our ways, when we feel distant from God — the word of God enters in as the life-giving Spirit.
In times of darkness, remember His goodness.
In times of darkness, don’t isolate yourself from saints.
In times of darkness, preach the word of God to yourself.
In our times of darkness, hold fast to what the word of God — or actually, Jesus Christ, the Word made Flesh— says you are.