From The Better Mom Devotional by Ruth Schwenk 

Reposted By Janis Buelow (Christian Growth Associate)

‘You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.’ – Psalm 18:28

On my way to the kitchen early one morning, I passed the room of my oldest daughter, Bella. Stopping to pull the door shut so I wouldn’t wake her, I noticed a small glow of light.

As I peeked in, I noticed the book light clipped to her headboard from her late-night reading. The lamp had shifted in the night and now was shining, light a spotlight, on Bella, who was sound asleep. The light was just enough to carve out some of the darkness. 

When we open the Bible, we discover that God has been pushing back darkness from the very beginning. When He said, “Let there be light” in Genesis 1:3, it is better read as, “There will be light.” It was literally a command for the darkness to flee.

No matter how old we are, darkness can be scary. The “lights” go out, and we find ourselves in a season of despair. We’re disoriented. Unsure about what to do. Afraid of what may be ahead. But in the darkness, God does not leave us. He is still pushing it back and filling it with light – filling the darkness with Himself.

When darkness threatens to overtake us and we can’t see, it’s important for us to remember who we are following. God gives us His Word. His promises. His heart. And ultimately He gave us His Son. Jesus called Himself the “light of the world” (John 8:12). He was, He is, and He always will be! If we are in Him, we are never truly walking in the darkness.

God doesn’t give us a map, but He gave us His Son. We must turn to Jesus, the only One who can turn our darkness into light.

  • In what ways can God use seasons of darkness to transform you?
  • In what ways do you resist God when life doesn’t make sense or the path doesn’t seem clear?


Father, You have promised never to leave me or forsake me. Your Word is like a lamp for my feet. Your Son is the Light of the world. Even when I can’t see You or understand what You are doing, help me hold on to these truths and keep trusting You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”