Light in the Darkness


Where do you turn when the way seems mysterious?

When the road seems clouded in shadow, and you can’t make out the path?

How do you know the next step to take, without falling into a hole, or off a cliff?


As harsh as it sounds, sometimes you don’t!

Sometimes, the way is not all that clear, and you don’t know exactly how it’s going to turn out.


In those times, if you’re trusting in yourself, or in the government, or another person, they will fail.

If you’re trusting in religion, the ‘cracks’ in your belief system will be exposed in those circumstances.

However, if you’re trusting in the LORD, that’s when you will get stronger!

It is an ironic truth that when we are weak, then His strength is able to come through.

the Apostle Paul wrote, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

King David knew this first hand, when he wrote, “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.” (Psalm 37:39)

These men knew something that many of us don’t know…that God’s strength is the ONLY thing we can depend on when we’re following Him…yet, that’s precisely where we need to go in times of trouble–to God!

If we can learn to trust in Him, even when we can’t see, we will learn that He will not let us fall. He wants to encourage our faith! He wants us to learn to step out into His hands, even when we cannot see.

Therefore, if you are being led by the Lord and He is leading you to step into the unknown, keep close to Him, but do not fear!

If you’ve ever been in a building when the power goes out, you know that ‘the dark’ can be very scary! If you’re in an unfamiliar place and suddenly the lights go out, you may think you’re in a horror movie! It can be very intimidating!

How different would it be, however, if you were holding the hands of a Navy Seal or Army Ranger, who had night vision goggles?

Your confidence would be much greater!

Certainly walking with God is much better than walking with a Special Forces member…God sees and knows all, perfectly!

We can trust Him at all times!


“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Honestly, Lori and I are going through a bit of an ‘adventure’ like this right now. We are seeking the Lord’s direction for her teaching career and right now are without her income and now having to switch insurance. There have been a couple of offers for other jobs–which would have alleviated these challenges. However, as we’ve prayed about them, we’ve sensed very clear direction from the Lord, saying, ‘No, don’t take that. I am teaching you. I am leading you. Trust me’. That has been difficult, in spite of the fact that we KNOW that He is faithful, He is loving and He is wise. Maybe it shouldn’t be hard…but it is.

When we struggle, however, the one thing we do is go back to Him. We go back and declare our intention to trust in Him, let Him lead, and faithfully follow.

When we do, we really do sense ‘the peace that passes understanding’ (Philippians 4:6-8)

His Word reminds us,

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God[c];
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:5-8)

Are you ‘stepping out’ and following God’s leading, by faith?

If so, GREAT!

…but don’t expect it to be easy.

The journey of faith can be overwhelming…but it is worth it, and will result in our maturity and His glory;

His Kingdom being advanced and others learning to live by faith;

Overcoming faith, and Rock solid Peace–because you rest in HIS hands, by HIS power!


…and that’s a great place to be!



Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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