Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
—Psalm 112:4 (NIV)
If you struggle in darkness or with circumstances beyond your control, you will not remain in that darkness forever. Light will dawn. His promise will come. He will bring you out of that hole. His light will guide you safely through your battle—your turmoil—your pain—to His healing peace.
“Such people will not be overcome by evil,” the psalmist continues. “Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly” (Psalm 112:6-8, NLT).
You received the righteousness of Christ when you were born again in His Spirit. These verses declare that those who are righteous do not fear terrible news. Trusting in God makes them fearless and able to stand. When you belong to Jesus Christ, the evil of this world will not overcome your faith. Your faith may be as small as a mustard seed, but its strength can flourish amid hardship. It would be fantastic if you lived in a world where you only experienced good things. But you do not need to fear what is terrible. Remember, God is not the author of evil. Cruel circumstances are a part of living in a fallen world. God will take care of you. You can face whatever happens. You can stand confidently and fearlessly in spite of it.
“To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes,” Isaiah imparts, “a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory” (Isaiah 61:3, NLT).
Righteousness which plants you deeply like a great oak is not yours. Jesus’ righteousness in you produces a strength that replaces devastation with His beauty. His righteousness does not come from being good or self-effort. It is a gift that He gave you. It cost you nothing. It cost Him everything.
Allow Him to plant you deeply in His grace and truth. His blessing will rise from that which tries to destroy. Festive praise instead of despair will inspire you. Not only will you rise from the ashes in His power and promise, but you will also remain powerfully planted in His purpose. Nothing that comes against you will defeat you.
Jesus bought you peace with God. That is the only peace you need. Stand in it.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher
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