It is wintertime. This means short days and long nights. It is part of the rotation of the seasons. The winter solstice is past, so the daylight is beginning to increase very gradually. There is hope for sunshine. However, during this darker season, many people encounter depression. There are both physical and spiritual causes of discouragement. What season are you experiencing spiritually? Are you in the light more than the dark regarding what God is doing in your life?
Although it is physically dark outside, we can still see in the light spiritually. I want to share some scriptures that will help us focus on the light of God. His light is not seasonal – it is available every day.
And God said, “Let there be light,”
and there was light.
You, LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
The LORD is my light and my salvation–
whom shall I fear?
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You,
who walk in the light of your presence, LORD.
Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD
that sheds light on one’s inmost being.
Light is sweet, and it pleases
the eyes to see the sun.
let us walk in the light of the LORD.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”
made His light shine in our hearts to give us
the light of the knowledge of God’s glory
displayed in the face of Christ.
II Corinthians 4:6
for you were formerly darkness,
but now you are Light in the Lord;
walk as children of Light.
You are all children of the light and children of the day.
We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
I Thessalonians 5:5
Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, God’s special possession,
that you may declare the praises of Him who called you
out of darkness into His wonderful light.
I Peter 2:9
God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. . . .
if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light,
we have fellowship with one another.
I John 1:5&7
I prefer more light both physically and spiritually. However, just as we survive the dark days and nights of winter, we will also live through the dark days and nights of the spirit. We have the promise of eternal light and life. Revelation 21:23 says, “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.”