I suppose I am going to have to stop watching the news. Gas prices are going through the roof and we probably shouldn’t take a vacation this year. That’s okay because I won’t have any money by then anyway, with the food prices going so high. That’s okay as well, because all the food out there is filled with poisons or lead or deadly bacteria. That’s okay because pretty soon the world will be engulfed in a nuclear war. And, I guess that’s okay because the crazies are planting acid bombs in neighborhoods near ours and we will probably be gone soon anyway. That is, if the tornadoes don’t get us first. Or the terrorists. Or the radon gas. Or…..
“Gloom, despair, and agony on me! Deep dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren’t for hard luck, I’d have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me!” Someone might remember that old song. Well, I probably won’t stop watching the news, but I will try to remember not to despair. The thoughts of darkness are no longer mine.
You ever have dark days? Maybe you wake up in the night with dark thoughts, thoughts that someone is going to die, that an important thing has been forgotten, that the world is coming to an end. Those dark thoughts can ruin a good night’s sleep! Those dark days can ruin a week or a month.
But those are not our thoughts. Those thoughts come to us from the outside. The light of the Lord fills us now. There is no darkness with Him.
So why do we have those thoughts? Because our flesh is insecure, filled with fears. When Peter trusted Jesus, he walked on water. When he took his eyes off Jesus and looked around at the raging sea, he began to sink. You know the kind of thing that went through Peter’s mind: “I can’t walk on water!” And down he went.
Are you the kind of person who waits for the “other shoe to drop?” That’s an American saying that simply means when something good is happening, we expect that it will be balanced by something bad. In fact, in the midst of great times of our lives, many of us find the darkness creeping in. “Something bad is going to happen. This is too good to be true.”
That’s the flesh. It says that we shouldn’t feel too good about ourselves because a fall is just around the corner. It’s the world’s perspective that good and evil should somehow balance. It’s the evil one’s perspective that accuses and discourages and lies. Yes, lies. These are all lies.
Yes, bad things do happen; but so do good things. And the expectation of evil is a part of your past. As a believer, no matter how far along the journey, you are still learning to trust the Lord. You are learning to walk in the light and the joy of your relationship with Jesus. He says He desires good for you…
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Let the past be past! Push those dark thoughts away. They are not from the Lord and they don’t belong to you. Instead, think on the things the Lord has done and who He is in your life. Praise Him and trust Him.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:1-16