When I am filled with cares, your comfort brings me joy. (Psalm 94:19 HCSB)
When I was a girl, every summer we visited my grandparents in northern Florida on the Apalachicola River. The closer we got to their house, the louder the cicadas sang and the thicker the humidity became. The sky was as black as the river that ran behind their house. On those sticky summer nights, to a little girl, it just seemed like there was only vast emptiness ahead of us.
In the vast darkness, our headlights seemed to be the only lights around. But, once we got close to Granddaddy’s house, we could see a tiny light blinking in the distance.
Granddaddy would always leave the porch light on and when we saw the porch light, we knew we were almost there.
His light helped us navigate the dark and it assured us we would be home soon.
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Just like Granddaddy’s porch light guided and reassured us, God’s Light – His Word — helps us navigate the dark and affirms we are almost home.
As we travel this life, there are some long roads and dark places we go through. We can get road-weary. When all we can see is darkness, we can get confused and disoriented. As we make our way toward heaven and our eternal home with our Father God, there are days (and nights) when the road seems long, and we just need some comfort.
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That’s when we open the pages of the Word of God, and catch a glimpse of Home… a tiny light twinkling in the darkness.
If your road feels long and you’re short on hope, God’s Word is the light you need to focus on. It is the light that will guide you, assure you, encourage you, and comfort you.
Here are three comforts from the Bible that will light your journey:
1. You are not alone.
Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20 NIV)
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. (Psalm 139:9,10 NIV)
2. This won’t last forever.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. (Isaiah 40:8 NIV)
But when completeness comes, what is in part disappears…. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:10;12 NIV)
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (Corinthians 4:17, 18 NIV)
3. God will take care of you.
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:13-14 NIV)
He will not let your foot slip — He who watches over you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:3 NIV)
You hem me in behind and before, and You lay Your hand upon me. (Psalm 139:5 NIV)
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! (Isaiah 49:15 NIV)
We’ll all be Home before we know it.
Thank You, Lord, for leaving the Light on for us.
Share with us a favorite Scripture that comforts you when the road feels long.