Recognize God’s Strength



“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
– 1 Corinthians 1:9


When I was young, my older brother thought it was funny to lock me in a hallway closet. The closet had no lights and the carpet came right to the bottom of the door. When he put me in there, it was dark. I remember thinking it was so weird because I could not even see my hand. I couldn’t see the door or any of the objects on the shelves. One time, I actually got disorientated frantically looking for the door handle so I could try and get out. I didn’t know where to grasp to try.

The spiritual darkness that weight down on us can feel much like me grasping at anything and everything in the closet. I felt afraid and literally didn’t know where to turn. Darkness can be like that when we don’t know Jesus or have lost sight of Him and what He is doing and has done in our lives. I know some that have gotten so ‘lost in the sauce’, that they begin to doubt their salvation. The ‘spiritual light’ is off so to speak and they’ve forgotten where to turn and which way to go. Understand now, we are not talking about what caused it. Avoiding the darkness is a great discussion that we will broach in the days ahead. For now, we need focus primarily on finding that metaphoric door knob and getting out of the closet. We need to make sure we can find Christ who has never moved and is our escape from that dark place.

When times are good and you are on the mountain top, it is easy to see the hand of the Lord working in your life and the lives of those around you. It is easy to praise and rejoice. However when the light seems to be off and your finding your way you may look around and wonder if God is present in you and those around you. Remember, God has never changed, and remains our “ever present help in time of trouble.” What has changed? Our perceptions have changed, our feelings have taken hold of our mind and we need to return our mindset to that of Christ. Have you considered that in all the ways God could communicate with us, He chose the written Word as His primary means of objective communication. When we are lost, and we don’t see Christ anywhere, or in anyone, we can return to His Word and read truth – rest in that truth.

We may turn to verses such as Rom. 8:16 where we are reminded that we “are children of God” and again in Phil. 1:6 “being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”. We must compare in our minds that which we feel, against that which is truth. Then we make a conscience choice, just as David did in the Psalms to believe or “rest” in that truth.

Do you feel overwhelmed today? Will you except the truth that God loves you, He died for you, and He wants you to live and experience joy and peace in Him? Do you view yourself as a child of God, or are you lost in the ‘closet’ looking?
You may need to privately share your emotions with a Christian mentor, and ask them to help point you back to Christ.

Matthew Elroy

Disciple of Jesus, Husband, Father & pastor.