Light at the End of the Tunnel

Bible Reading: Jeremiah 21; 22:1-9; 34:1-7; 32; 33:1-9

When life is hard, I often imagine myself in the middle of a long, dark tunnel. In my most despairing days, the darkness envelops me and no light can be seen. If I listen closely in the stillness, I can hear God whisper, "I am here." He gives me the courage to get up and walk, one step at a time, with the faint hope that "this, too, shall pass." I read about God's faithfulness to his people in the Bible and remember his light that shone in my life before I entered this tunnel of darkness. I look up and see it again; there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I hear God promise, "I will walk you through the tunnel and into the light; Jesus is the light." Realizing that he is right there beside me, right where he has been all along, I reach up and take his hand in mine. With my eyes fixed on the light and my hand securely in his, I find that his presence surrounds me. "You hem me in--behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain" (Ps. 139:5-6). Yes, there will be better days ahead, but there is joy in the journey because Jesus walks with me, revealing the line of purpose that flows through my past and my future.

God extends hope in the midst of suffering. Even while Jerusalem was under attack, he assured Jeremiah that his people would one day be restored (32:37-44; 33:6-14). God had tried to lead them on a different path, but "they turned their backs to me and not their faces; though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond to discipline" (32:33). After all those years of trying to get their attention, when he finally forged them headlong into the destruction of their own making, God offered his people words of hope and encouragement. He gave them a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel, even from the very beginning! He promised to answer with words of hope and comfort if they would just call out to him in the darkness. "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.... I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. I will… rebuild them… and will forgive all their sins..." (33:3,6-8).

God's people still had to endure captivity and exile, just as we, too, must walk the full length of our trials. Yet, in the midst of our present pain, God offers his hand of friendship and plants a vision of restoration.

Thank you, Lord, for sending a ray of light into my darkness. As I press on in my tunnel of trouble, give me "singleness of heart and action" to always honor you "for my own good, and the good of my children after me" (32:39). Let this journey with you cleanse my heart, heal my wounds, and rebuild my life. Let this darkness turn my face to the light of your presence. As I behold your glory and keep my focus intently on you, fade from my view anything that would take my eyes off of you. Release from my grasp anything that would keep my hand out of yours. Drown out the fear and confusion that surrounds my soul, and let me hear and believe your words of hope. As we walk together on the journey, interact with me as a friend and tell me new and wonderful things that only you can reveal.