“Walking in the Dark”
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You! — Psalm 84:11-12 (NKJV)
Isn’t it a good feeling when a child slips their small hand into ours, confident that we will protect them and lead them safely along? As I spent time with my grand kids over the holidays, I noticed the joy and happiness these youngsters brought to us. I also felt the elation and satisfaction of spending time with them. “Let’s go for a walk, grandpa,” they may plead. Usually a young toddler will not question our destination or ability to care for them, as long as we keep walking. However, as the child gets older, they become less trusting and are more apt to doubt our wisdom and capabilities. They may pull back and hesitate to enter a strange area or flatly refuse to walk with us in the dark. At such a time, the grown-up may have a difficult time convincing the child that they, in fact do know where they are going and are capable of leading the child safely to their destination. Once the child believes what is being told to them, they relax, and the journey becomes much more pleasant for all concerned.
A new year is like a dark tunnel, winding and stretching out before us. Do we enter it with hesitation, anxiety, and foreboding? Do we fear the tomorrows in our lives? Are we filled with concern about the future? Like the child, we may cower and hold back, unwilling to place our hand in God’s and allow Him to lead us safely and happily through the unknown. If we were obliged to grope along the untrodden paths of the new year all alone, we would indeed have reason to be restless and afraid. But that is not the way for God’s Children. As with Moses of old we can ask for His guidance and receive His promise, “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” —Exodus 33:14. Jesus also promised, “I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” —Matthew 28:20.
God has a marvelous way of lighting our path, step-by-step as we trust Him and walk in His light just as He is in the light. Jesus declared that since He is the light of the world, none of His followers need to ever wander aimlessly in the darkness of life. We can enter a new year with confidence if we know Christ as our Savior. It is the privilege of God’s children to slip their hand, as it were, into the Father’s and trustingly walk with Him step-by-step and day-by-day. If you have ever tried to lead a reluctant child along a darkened path, you know just how difficult that task is. Their fear and lack of confidence can be quite provoking. Can you imagine how God must feel when we hesitate to walk with Him into the new year or even the new day?
Let us not fear to commit our ways to the One who has been this way before, the One who knows the beginning and the end. One who has only our good at heart. “No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Facing a new year is like facing a long dark tunnel; but we need not ever walk alone into the unknown. If we trustingly walk with the Savior, He will be pleased with us and we will be able to relax and enjoy His presence as well as enjoy each new day throughout the coming new year.
We stand at the doorway of another year with our memories and our hopes. May we go forward with confidence into this new year because we go with God.
Let us praise Him for all that is past,
And trust Him for all that is to come.
Many Blessings in this new year,