I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
Turning Darkness Into Light
Devotion based on Isaiah 42:16
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The dark isn’t so bad if you are familiar with your surroundings. In your own home, not much light is needed to navigate as you know where the steps are and how to avoid running into any furniture.
However, if you are in a strange place, the dark can be paralyzing. If you are not sure what hazards may be in front of you, it’s important to grab a flashlight or flip on a light so you can see where you are going.
God says that he will do a double miracle by leading the blind “by ways they have not known along unfamiliar paths.” He also says that “he will turn the darkness into light” and “make the rough places smooth.”
God did this in the days of Isaiah the prophet as he led those who had been blinded by disobedience and idolatry into captivity and then seventy years later, leading a new generation back to their homes they had never seen. He then did a double miracle by using this captivity and return to “turn their darkness into light” and called the people back from disobedience and idolatry.
God does the same double miracle today. He leads you even when you find yourself in strange and unfamiliar places. Though you may be anxious and uncertain, God is there to guide you with his Word, the Bible, though the path may be unfamiliar. As if that were not enough, God gives light to this dark world by showing us that all our sins are forgiven and that heaven is ours. The good news of his salvation shines a beacon of hope in an otherwise dark world and creates peace and purpose in our lives.
Like being in an unfamiliar place in the dark, this world can be frightening. However, God promises a double miracle to guide us in the dark and give light to our path.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of guidance and the gift of light. Amen.