Have you ever been in a situation where everywhere you look there is nothing but problems? It is easy in that frame of mind to be deceived into a feeling of hopelessness. It is especially during these times that turning to the Lord in prayer and meditation in His Word will be able to renew our minds with hope. This morning I was reading John 1:1-5, and this passage gave me so much hope. It is easy in day-to-day life to see the darkness–to see evil. And if we are focusing on that then the liar-in-chief has successfully cast a shadow of doubt in our minds of who is truly in control. He is deceptive and cunning. He usually uses a remnant of truth, then distorts it to plant a seed of doubt.

But here is the truth: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5) “The darkness has not overcome it” means the darkness of evil never has and never will overcome or extinguish God’s light. Jesus is the creator of life and His life brings light to mankind.

In His light we see ourselves as we really are: sinners in need of a Savior. When we follow Jesus–the true Light–we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin. He lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live.

When God created the world, he made something from nothing by His word. We only exist because God made us; we have special gifts only because God gave them to us. With God we are something valuable and unique, but apart from Him we are nothing. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) If we try to live without Him, we are abandoning the purpose for which we were made.

Do you ever feel that your life is too complex for God to understand? Remember, God created the entire universe, and nothing is too difficult for Him. He is alive today, and His love is bigger than any problem you face. He removes the darkness of sin from our lives, and shines His light as a beacon for us to follow. Let Christ guide your life and you’ll never need to stumble in darkness. Pray His Word to Him and trust how He leads you: Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Ps. 119:105)