October 31 

How Then Shall We Live?

Devotions on Living the Deeper Christian Life

“He maketh darkness His secret place.” – Psalm 18:11

Light in Darkness

When my children were young one of them was having some trouble with the darkness in his room at night. As the days passed, this fear seemed to grow with each passing night. Facing this problem with him, I told him of a discovery that I read in which scientists had found that light particles actually exist in darkness. This seemed to ease his mind as he drifted off into a peaceful sleep. This was also of particular interest to me because the Bible teaches that God is omnipresent, which means that there is no place where He does not exist, even in darkness.

Psalm 18:11, tells us that God actually makes darkness His “secret” place. What does this mean for us in times of apparent darkness? Is there a hidden lesson or illumination in dark times for us to gain more of an understanding of God’s plan for our lives?

The first mention of the word “darkness” is in Genesis 1:2, “And darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Each of us at different times in our lives will face dark places of uncertainty. We lose loved ones, relationships, jobs, and sometimes even our direction in life. When these dark times come, it is important for us to know that the Scriptures tell us that darkness does have an end, “He setteth an end to darkness,” Job 28:3.

The Bible contains 366 “Fear not’s,” one for each day of the year, and one even for the extra day that leap year brings. Dr. Everek R. Storms counted 8,810 promises in the Bible. Of these promises, 7,487 of them are from God to man. We never face any life situation for which God has not supplied specific promises that give us mercy and grace to help in our time of need.

We are told in Psalm 119:105, “Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” In times of darkness we need to apply the light of Scripture to our situation. The mere mention of the word “path,” assures us that nothing has taken God by surprise. It is comforting to know that although our physical eyes may comprehend only the darkness surrounding us at a given moment of our lives, the existence of light is promised to us in our darkest times through Christ Jesus.

Words to Think About…


When Alexander the Great encamped before a city, he used to set up a light to give notice to those within the city. If anyone came forth to him while the light lasted, they would be given quarter (mercy). Otherwise, no mercy was to be expected. God sets up light after light, and waits year after year, and even invites men to come unto Him, that they may have life.


The epitaph of the Romanist, Edward Molloy, reads as follows; “Edward Malloy, the friend of humanity, the father of the poor. He employed the wealth of this world only to procure the riches of the next; and leaving a balance of credit on the book of life, he made heaven debtor to mercy.”

“God never gives His children a promise which He does not intend them to use.” – Charles Spurgeon