Finding Light In The Darkness in 10 Steps

With us in mind, God created light in the darkness. Also, God found light in the darkness, and not just the darkness of the cosmos, but the darkness in our world and in our lives. He finds and creates light in the darkest places or, just creates it because that is what He does. Scripture refers to the fact that God is light in many places.

God Finding Light in the Darkness

One of the most beautiful passages of scripture (to me) is John 1:1-18 in The Voice translation.

John 1:1-9

Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God.
This celestial Word remained ever present with the Creator; His speech shaped the entire cosmos.
Immersed in the practice of creating, all things that exist were birthed in Him.
His breath filled all things with a living, breathing light—A light that thrives in the depths of darkness, blazes through murky bottoms.
It cannot and will not be quenched.

A man named John, who was sent by God, was the first to clearly articulate the source of this Light. This baptizer put in plain words the elusive mystery of the Divine Light so all might believe through him. Some wondered whether he might be the Light, but John was not the Light. He merely pointed to the Light. The true Light, who shines upon the heart of everyone, was coming into the cosmos.
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John 1:10-18

The Voice took on flesh and became human and chose to live alongside us. We have seen Him, enveloped in undeniable splendor—the one true Son of the Father—evidenced in the perfect balance of grace and truth. John the Baptist testified about Him and shouted, “This is the one I’ve been telling you is coming. He is much greater than I am because He existed long before me.” 

The Voice took on flesh and became human and chose to live alongside us. We have seen Him, enveloped in undeniable splendor—the one true Son of the Father—evidenced in the perfect balance of grace and truth. John the Baptist testified about Him and shouted, “This is the one I’ve been telling you is coming. He is much greater than I am because He existed long before me.

Through this man we all receive gifts of grace beyond our imagination. You see, Moses gave us rules to live by, but Jesus the Anointed offered us gifts of grace and truth. God, unseen until now, is revealed in the Voice, God’s only Son, straight from the Father’s heart.
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Finding Light in the Darkness in 10 Steps

God is Light

Look at some of the phrases here – His breath filled all things with a living, breathing light—A light that thrives in the depths of darkness, blazes through murky bottoms. It cannot and will not be quenched.

And – John was not the Light. He merely pointed to the Light. The true Light, who shines upon the heart of everyone, was coming into the cosmos.

In addition we see that God is light but John chose to start his letter before time began, showing Jesus’ role in creation, and in our life. The light Jesus speaks into existence is both living and breathing. No one can quench it. Having light in the darkness is no problem – Jesus speaks and light is created. Once created, it cannot be quenched.

This is the light, God’s light, that is with us today and that is inside us as the breath of God fills us, not only at birth but also at salvation.

Finding Light In The Darkness

The light from creation is with us today, even in our times of darkness. Yet, sometimes, we go through what we refer to as ‘dark times,’ dark feelings, dark thoughts, or a dark place in our lives. And, yes, it’s true that we go through those times and as we focus on finding light in the darkness. It isn’t easy, but we can find it if we truly want to.

It might appear like a tiny pinprick in the universe, but that’s only. because we are overwhelmed with fear, grief, anger, hurt, or anxiety. All of our strong emotions may make us feel that we are overwhelmed by their darkness.

The Darkness of Grief

Grief is one of the most powerfully overwhelming things I have ever experienced. My first husband was killed instantly in a motorcycle accident in 2015. I didn’t see the accident, but I was just ahead of him and heard him scream via our communication device. I was riding my motorcycle, and by the time I turned around and got back, he was gone and a paramedic was with him. In one millisecond of time, my life as I had known it, also ended.

We had been married for almost 49 years – together since we were 16 and 17. A sudden darkness overwhelmed me as I went into shock. I didn’t really realize that but what followed was the absolute, worst time of my life.

God Talks When You Least Expect It

Yet, I knew that God was with me even in those first few hours. As I was riding back home with a dear friend who had also been at the accident site, I was inwardly singing a worship song – a new rendition of It Is Well With My Soul. It was so ironic because my mind was saying, “Nothing is well,” as my Spirit sang. In addition, the Holy Spirit was speaking to me about my future! I remember thinking, “Why are You telling me all this now?” But I remember those words to this day. I just couldn’t comprehend them at that moment because I was overwhelmed by the darkness of grief.

Finding God’s Light in the Darkness of Grief

As the days and months passed, I had to make many decisions to see God’s light. I was in the valley of the shadow of death that engulfed me and, for a short time, I didn’t want to see any light. I just wanted and needed to grieve. However, the voice of God spoke to me through the Holy Spirit and people. There was a quiet, strong comfort and I knew God was hiding me in in the shadow of His wing until I could fly again.

I slowly began to come back to light. I made a decision that grief was not going to swallow me and that I would not continue to live this way. Yes, I would continue to grieve, just not in the darkness. I chose to grieve in God’s light. I chose His word and I stood on what had been true for my entire life – God’s love, protection, and power.

Making Choices

Did I choose or like what had happened? Absolutely not, and I told God so. I wasn’t angry or asking ‘why me?’ I knew without any doubt that my husband went directly to heaven. What I didn’t like was that, while he was very happy, I was extremely miserable and I was honest with God. I told Him I didn’t like it and I didn’t choose it, but I had no choice. Nothing I could say or do was going to change what had happened. So, one step-at-a-time, I chose to live in God’s purpose for me as I healed from what had happened. I was finding light in the darkness-more and more light, less and less darkness.

We can choose how things effect us in the long term. I knew I had to go through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. I could have chosen to just live there, but I knew that was not God’s will and I didn’t want to continue to live in the amount of pain I had. While I learned some of the most precious things during that time, I was not meant to stay there.

We can’t always choose what happens. Terrible things happen to God’s people. What we can change is our actions, reactions, and the way we walk through the darkness. We must keep our focus on the light and, initially, that may seem all you know is that there is light, even if you can’t see it at the moment. Why? Because it’s there and if you want to, you will see it shining brightly in Your life again.

Finding God’s Light In Our Emotions

Anger

Anger is one of those extremely strong emotions. We are not told that we are never to experience anger, but we are told to control it. Sometimes that hard. Like everyone, I get angry and sometimes want to be angry. I may be hurt or fearful and I just want to be mad at someone and there were times when I didn’t do very well at controlling it.

However, through life experience I’ve learned not to let it flow out of my mouth uncontrolled. How? By hurting others with my angry words and experiencing the guilt and pain that taught me some permanent lessons – Ephesians 4:26, “be angry, but don’t sin.” Here is that scripture in The Passion Translation.

Ephesians 4:26 TPT, “But don’t let the passion of your emotions lead you to sin! Don’t let anger control you or be fuel for revenge, not for even a day.
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This says it perfectly – the passion of our emotions. That passion and intensity can lead us to sin. I know because I’ve been there and I don’t like the aftermath. We are not to let anger, or any emotion, control us.

What does this have to do with finding light in the darkness? Everything. Misdirected passion blocks off God’s light. It has to because that darkness can’t survive in God’s light and, when we want to fulfill whatever the sinful passion is, we seek the darkness and don’t want to see God’s light! When I want to be angry and not exercise control, I’m choosing darkness.

Self-Pity

Emotions, like self-pity are strange things, For instance, I’ve had times in my life when I wanted to have a pity party but I had learned to set a limit on it and I told God all about it. On a Saturday, I received some news that made me angry because I had no control or say in the decision my Doctor made for me! So, I told God that, by Sunday at noon, I would end the party but, in the meantime, I was going to pour out all my anger and self-pity.

I did not pour my complaints out on anyone else. I held my single-person pity party and kept my word to God. The next day, at noon, I started doing one of the things that got me through the death of my husband – giving thanks to God. I chose. I did not to let the circumstance take control. Instead, my focus was and is on everything I have to be thankful for.

A Lifetime of Choosing God’s Light

That’s what our life is – a long series of choices. We choose:

  • Right or wrong
  • To accept or reject Jesus as our Savior
  • Obedience
  • Living for the flesh or the Spirit of God
  • Walking in the light or in the darkness
  • Taking authority over our emotions and passion or living by them

Choosing can be easy and at other times they are very, very hard. We fail. But, if we choose the light, it means we choose to repent, accept God’s forgiveness, and start again. Putting off the old man is a daily choice as is putting on Christ! God will always help us but we have to choose first. Choose the light of God.

Scripture on the Light of God

John 8:12 TPT, “Then Jesus said, “I am[a] light to the world and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light, and they will never[b] walk[c] in darkness.

Psalm 139:7-12 The Voice, “Can I go anywhere apart from Your Spirit? Is there anywhere I can go to escape Your watchful presence?
If I go up into heaven, You are there. If I make my bed in the realm of the dead, You are there
If I ride on the wings of morning, if I make my home in the most isolated part of the ocean, Even then You will be there to guide me; Your right hand will embrace me, for You are always there.
Even if I am afraid and think to myself, “There is no doubt that the darkness will swallow me, the light around me will soon be turned to night.
You can see in the dark, for it is not dark to Your eyes. For You the night is just as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to Your eyes.
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Luke 11:34-35 The Voice

Listen, your eye, your outlook, the way you see is your lamp. If your way of seeing is functioning well, then your whole life will be enlightened. But if your way of seeing is darkened, then your life will be a dark, dark place. So be careful, people, because your light may be malfunctioning.”
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Luke 11 in The Voice has such a unique way of clarifying how we can experience darkness in the midst of light! It also gives us the path back to seeing the light.

Are you focusing on an emotion, on a negative event? If so, your live may become a dark, dark place. If your light is malfunctioning, it means your focus is on the wrong thing. Refocus on God and light will immediately fill your life again. You might have to choose over and over but You will be victorious over the darkness.

Scripture Verses on God’s Light

The very best tool to help you refocus is God’s word. It is truth and we choose to believe it or not, even in the dark times.

Psalm 50:2 The Voice, “From Zion, that perfectly beautiful holy place, shines the radiance of God.”
John 18:28 TPT, “God, all at once you turned on a floodlight for me! You are the revelation-light in my darkness, and in your brightness I can see the path ahead.”
Psalm 119:105 NASB, “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”
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Here’s the most definitive of all,

1 John 1:5 TPT, “This is the life-giving message[a] we heard him share and it’s still ringing in our ears. We now repeat his words to you: God is pure light. You will never find even a trace of darkness in him.[b]
1 John 1:5 TPT, “This is the life-giving message[a] we heard him share and it’s still ringing in our ears. We now repeat his words to you: God is pure light. You will never find even a trace of darkness in him.[b]
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The ‘him’ referred to in these two definitive scriptures is Jesus, the Son of the Living God, I Am, the Light of the World, equal to God as a member of the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the One in whom there is no darkness. Taking your focus off the flesh with its passions and focus on Christ and the Word of God, there can only be light because God IS light! He creates light because He is light – no darkness, just light. In the same way, He created us in His image and gave us His light after we had descended into darkness.

You Are The Light of The World

Ephesians 5:8 The Voice, “because, although you were once the personification of darkness, you are now light in the Lord. So act like children of the light.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his ow n possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 John 2:9-11 ESV, “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
Matthew 5:14-16 ESV, ““You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.””
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How To Find The Light in the Darkness

Steps 1-4

First – make a choice. It can be a hard choice because your feelings are fighting with you – they want control. Instead, you must make a choice to seek and see the light of God no matter what.

Second – go to the Word when you don’t feel like doing it and when you might even be having trouble believing it.

Third – remember that this emotion and whatever brought it on, does not have to last forever. While we can’t always choose our circumstances, we can choose how they effect us and how we react to them.

Fourth – give thanks. When I started doing this as a regular practice after my husband’s death, I had to force myself to do it. I chose to give thanks for my family, friends, shoes, food, clothing, car, home and everything I could think of. I did it over and over and over and, that practice shifted my focus from hopelessness and darkness to hope and God’s light. I still practice giving thanks constantly.

Steps 5-7

Fifth – Pray. Pray your own prayers, being honest with God. He already knows, so You might as well just say it out loud. Prayer is a two-way conversation. You talk and God listens. God talks and you listen. Pray scripture. It is living and powerful and changes us.

Sixth – Persevere. Depending on the situation, you might have to repeat these steps over and over. I did. I still practice them at times when an emotion is trying to overwhelm me. For me, giving thanks is a powerful weapon.

Seventh – speak the name of Jesus over yourself, your situation, your emotions, and your focus. His name is powerful. It can be as simple as saying, “Jesus is my Lord and He is Lord over everything that’s happening and that I’m feeling. He is Lord over my emotions, my heart, and my body, soul and spirit. He is Lord of all.”

Steps 8-10

Eighth – read the Word out loud to yourself and the enemy! The first key to this is ‘hearing.’ We need to hear something in order to remember clearly and quickly. The Rule of 7 for advertisers says that we need to hear something 7 times to remember it. We probably need to hear something at least 20 times to really remember it. So, start reading the Word of God out loud. As you hear it over and over, it will become part of your heart and soul. It will immediately pop into your mind and spring from your lips

Ninth – remember who you are not fighting. Ephesians 6:12 The Voice, says, “We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places.” Our battle to keep those dark times, thoughts, etc. from overwhelming us, is a spiritual battle. Even though whatever took place may have been done to you through a person, the battle you have is not with them, It’s with supernatural powers who live in the darkness of this world. The battle is with the devil and his wicked spiritual armies, not the flesh and blood that hurt you.

Start Now

Now, the tenth step – start now and don’t stop. Don’t put it off. The steps don’t have to be in this order – they just need to happen. Also, as you do this, you’ll undoubtedly find some of your own steps that will work for you. The thing is – start. Don’t just think about it – do it.

I am including all the Scriptures in this blog plus a few more as a free download for you. There also 3 Scripture Coloring Pages for you. Just click on the image, it will take you to the file and you can download all of or part of it and save it to your computer. It is a pdf file.

Finding Light in the Darkness

I just want to encourage you that finding light in the darkness is absolutely possible. It’s God’s will and His deep desire for us to walk in the light as He is in the light. So use the tools here with the ones that work for you to find and live in God’s light and to be the light of the world.

You might also enjoy reading – Believing in the Power of Prayer

**WM uses verses from different Bible translations. To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit this page – Scripture Citations.

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