“The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Darkness is something, that at young ages, we all seem to fear. It’s that dark and creaky hallway to the bathroom at night that would give us shivers. We always thought that the boogieman lived just in the shadows and would snatch us if we ever missed a step. When I was a child, I was afraid David Bowie from the Labyrinth would show up and steal me away to turn me into a goblin. If you’re not familiar with that reference…check out this link.
Isn’t it funny that when we are children we could clearly see where the enemy lives? Children seem to grasp more clearly that when they walk on unlighted paths, evil is never very far. But when we grow up we seem to forget that and we travel into dens of darkness and laugh and scoff that the boogieman isn’t real. We forget that in the light we can find rest and peace.
After Moses’s death, Joshua inherited leadership of the Israelites and was charged to take God’s chosen people into the Promised Land. Despite his divine commission, Joshua must have felt challenged by the daunting nature of his task. God graciously offered Joshua assurance to be with him on the journey ahead (Josh. 1:9).
The road of life often travels through uncharted territory. We voyage through seasons when the path ahead isn’t clearly visible. God’s plan may not always be apparent to us, but He has promised to be with us “always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). What greater assurance could we hope for, no matter what uncertainty or challenge we might face? Even when the path is unlit, the Light is with us.