Light Dwells with God

Amy Clemens

Read: Daniel 2:17-30 He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. (v. 22) So much of life is about perspective. For example, at 30,000 feet in the air, the patchwork quilt of earth below holds its secrets while you gain perspective on clouds and jet streams. Even though our perspective changes, sometimes moment by moment, we can never see all of the puzzle of life. We have one set …

Deep Darkness

Amy Clemens

Read: Jeremiah 13:11, 15-17 Give glory to the LORD your God before he brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the twilight mountains, and while you look for light he turns it into gloom and makes it deep darkness. (v. 16) There are four little goings-on that universally create joy, making even the gloomiest heart smile: hearing your name called because you won, being chosen for the job, someone else picking up the tab, and being rescued from danger. So …

Light of Our Own Fires

Amy Clemens

Read: Isaiah 50:4-11 Walk by the light of your fire, and by the torches that you have kindled! This you have from my hand: you shall lie down in torment. (v. 11) No one wants to admit relating to this verse, but the fires I’ve lit and torches I’ve kindled burn long, years after I’ve forsaken my foolishness. The torment I experience because of the things that I’ve done is a fair consequence and may remain until the day God …

Walking in Darkness . . . without Light

Amy Clemens

Read: Isaiah 50:4-11 Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God. (v. 10) The prophet Isaiah here admits to the people of Israel that there are times a follower of God walks in darkness and has no light. I find that refreshing in a strange sort of way. Honesty and integrity have a …

More Gain in Light

Amy Clemens

Read: Ecclesiastes 2:1-14 Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly . . . more gain in light than in darkness. (v. 13) In my early 20s, it took nothing to run a couple of miles. My body didn’t hurt, my heart and lungs were happy, so running was more a test than a habit. “I’m okay,” I thought after exercising, and the wisdom of developing a lifelong healthy habit was traded for the folly …

Lavish Light

Amy Clemens

Read: Proverbs 29:6-14 The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both. (v. 13) Throughout the story of God, I see the undeniable evidence that God is not stingy. Perhaps circumstances and the liar have attempted to teach us differently, but there it is, again and again. Beginning with the bountiful Genesis garden, humans enjoyed endless variety and beauty (Genesis 2:9). God fed his children daily in the wilderness with more than …