Isaiah 58:10 ” And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”

The only way to expel the darkness from your life and allow the light in, is to give yourself away. It’s too easy to become introspective and cut off from the world when distress and suffering comes into our lives. We tend to look inward, absorbed with our own thoughts and feelings, unaware of the poverty around us. And as depression and anxiety grows within us, so does the darkness…shrouding our way out of our misery. But it tells us here to give ourselves to the hopeless condition of others…taking our eyes off our own circumstances. The result is an attitude adjustment on our part….a renewed trust in the Lord, relying on His faithfulness to bring us through our trial…and an assurance that regardless of the challenge we’re going through, nothing will stop God’s plan and purpose from being put into effect for us or the people we’re helping. Darkness will give way to light, or as Isaiah 42:16 tells us, “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.”

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