Hope in the Midst of Dark Times

Hope in the Midst of Dark Times

I think we’re probably all familiar with the song, “This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.” We tend to think of this song as a children’s song. But to be honest, the meaning of this song is just as much for adults as it is for kids.

The challenge from this song is, are you going to let your light shine? Are you going to let the light of Christ in you shine brightly in a world that’s becoming increasingly darker by the day?

We’ve been studying the kings of Judah this fall in our women’s Bible study at church, and it was obviously a dark time for the nation of Judah. Leadership was not good, many of the kings were evil, and they were leading people away from God. Idolatry was rampant. It could have seemed like a hopeless situation, and they probably found themselves wondering if God had lost control.

But God was still on the throne then, and He is still on the throne now.

We’re in a dark season of history today – not only in the world, but right here in our own country. Our nation, once founded on Christian principles, is moving farther and farther away from those principles. Every day we read about murders, shootings, protests, racial tensions, terrorist threats. People attack each other with their words, and biblical principles are being pushed aside as no longer relevant in today’s times.

In a few weeks, our country will vote and choose the next president to lead us over the next four years. People have strong emotions about this election and the candidates, and there is frustration and anger. We could easily feel like we are back in the time of the kings of Judah, with no hope of a bright future.

But no matter how bad circumstances may seem today, God is still on the throne.

He is still in control. And our hope is found in Him, our heavenly King – not an earthly ruler.

Will we let our light shine in the midst of this dark season of uncertainty? Will we keep our focus and trust on Him as our sovereign King? Will we point others to Him as we allow our light to shine for Him?

“The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.” Psalm 103:19

Let your light shine for Him.

  1. Thank you for the reminder of God’s sovereignty. It’s an important truth for us to cling to, particularly in this election season. No matter the outcome, God is still sovereign and we can put our trust in him.

  2. Leigh, I definitely need this reminder of who’s ultimately on the throne. And I need to remember He’s our hope, not a person. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Crickett, thanks for this encouragement because I do worry about this world that my grandchildren will have to face, as well as their parents at the moment. I pray that God is guiding us during this election for the benefit of our country. He knows the ultimate outcome.

    • Linda, I’m thankful that God DOES know the ultimate outcome of this election and our future. We just need to keep seeking Him and putting our faith in Him. To be honest, I think we’re all concerned about the future, but I take comfort knowing God is on the throne. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Crickett, This is just the ,message we need right now. God is still in control and we must carry on shining our lights to this dark world, now more than ever!
    By the way, I still say to my adult kids, “Let your lights shine!”

    Blessings to you as you continue to shine that light! (“hide it under a bushel? NO!”)

  5. You’re so right, Crickett, and it’s a good thing! Your words bring hope and peace into chaos. Thanks.

    • Thanks, Connie! Knowing He’s on the throne keeps me from letting these times totally overwhelm me. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This is a message we need right now! I’m reading about these kings right now with my kids, and you’re right about how badly many of them acted. My kids have started chanting with me, “and they did evil in the sight of the Lord.” We are pleasantly surprised when the kings did right in the sight of the Lord, but even then, the kids nod knowingly when they hear that the king didn’t do everything he was supposed to do. The harder lesson is that we mess up all the time, too. I’m so glad, like you said, God’s on His throne, and that He has grace for us.

  7. Heather, I love that you’re reading about the kings with your kids. We’ve really enjoyed this study, and it’s timely for where we are today as a nation. It’s been encouraging to see God’s faithfulness to His people in the midst of their unfaithfulness. Thanks for sharing!

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