Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
(Psalm 112:4 ESV)
What a challenge. What a hope-inspiring promise! Even during this holiday season, and sometimes, especially in this holiday season, there will be times of “darkness:”
the sting of old wounds being opened
So, how does this upright man, this blessed man, handle this “darkness?”
So, will I be kind to those who treat me unfairly, rudely, or just ignore me?
Will I choose not to “return evil for evil, or insult for insult” (I’m also camping out in 1 Peter, so some of those principles are oozing out)?
Will I choose to do what is right because it’s the right thing to do? Will I choose to believe and act on what God thinks of me, more than what others think of me or say about me or expect of me? Will I allow God to order my day and my holiday schedule, and not choose to go my own way, becoming so busy that I forget and neglect my relationship with my Creator and my Savior?
Light will dawn; the darkness won’t last forever. Will I choose to keep my eyes focused on the “Light of the World,” Jesus Christ, or will I turn my eyes to the things and people that will never truly satisfy?
Do I want to stay in darkness, or will I choose Light?