Day 3: Wednesday, January 13, 2016
We invite you to join us for a 21-day adventure that will guide you through the rough seas of confusion and uncertainty that we all face. At the end of our 21 devotionals, it is our prayer that you will find your confusion replaced by divine clarity and the God-given ability to make wise and destiny-changing decisions.
Every day for the next 21 days, we will start with a reading from God’s Word, the map that helps us navigate the ocean of indecision and find divine direction.
THE DIVINE MAP READING
Navigate Isaiah 50:10 (NLT)
“If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God.”
We’ve all been there at one time or another. Maybe you’re there now – in the dark. When you’re walking in the dark, you can’t see where you’re going. Life becomes confusing at best when you don’t know what to do! You may not even know where you are! Fears and doubts often arise when we’re in the dark. It’s perplexing, and we feel so lost and hopeless. Even the great Apostle Paul said,
“Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” 1 Cor. 13:12 (NLT)
If you’ve ever felt confused and in the dark about what to do or where to go, you’re in good company! Paul did as well. Yet, he learned to walk by faith while living in the dark. How? Isaiah gives us the insight for discerning divine direction for an uncharted path in our passage today. He says, If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God.
Since we walk by faith and not by sight, we must develop the habit of prayer. God will often use the darkness to grow our faith. It’s in the dark where we learn to trust in the Lord and rely on our God. But, how do you do that? When you’re perplexed about what God is doing or seemingly not doing, remember His Word and claim His promises in prayer. The Psalmist said,
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
God’s Word is like a flashlight when the power goes off. It provides the light we need for the next step. We may not see the destination, but we can see what is right before us and have confidence that God has not abandoned us. His Word assures us that our faith will not go unrewarded. Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. said it well, “Never doubt in the dark what God has told you in the light.”
- What is God showing you through today’s Bible reading?
- Put your trust in His Word and rely on Him by thanking God in advance. He will always come through! Don’t despair. God will come through for you and do everything He has promised!
“Praise the Lord who has given rest to His people Israel, just as He promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises He gave ….” 1 Kings 8:56 (NLT)