After I read the news each day over the internet, I have a tendency to get down regarding the state of our world. I have made it a practice to simple refocus my heart on Jesus. I often think of Ps 27:8 which reads, “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.” I know I can’t go wrong in fixing my gaze on Jesus at the beginning of the day. If I neglect to get my focus on him, the voices within the culture as well as my own fallen self pull me away from the light. To focus on Jesus with the eyes of our heart, is to look up into the light. The light of Christ will not be overcome by the darkness. The Psalmist was aware of this dynamic when he prayed, “Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord” (Ps. 4:6).
As long as I am walking in the light, I will be ok. The Message Bible gives us words of encouragement when Jesus tells us, “I am the world’s light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in” (John 8:12). What an encouragement for each day. Jesus provides plenty of light. He will provide a way in the wilderness and the wastelands of modern culture. What he provides is unique to our day. “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through th wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland” (Is. 43:19). The Good News of is the when we are walking in the light of His presence we are part of the new thing that God is doing. We might not see all of what God is doing, but we know that there is a path of us to follow through the wilderness and the wastelands of our day.