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Topic: Light at the End of the Tunnel (01/23/14)
‘Light at the end of the tunnel’?
No such thing! It’s an impossibility – for a Christian, anyway.
Why do I say that?
Simple. It’s not in the Bible.
‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ is a merely human concept, a way of injecting a ray of hope into a very difficult situation. It’s an idea that seems to provide an explanation and a prospect of resolution sometime later.
Understandably, a child of God in deep depression, pain or despair, can easily use the expression. The tunnel and its distant exit are simple ideas.
However, the only Bible reference to a tunnel is as a water conduit.
How then does the Bible portray the difficult experience so often described as a tunnel with its hint of light?
Simple answer: A valley.
Take these Scripture statements:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
“And I will give her... the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth.” Hosea 2:15
“Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well.” Psalm 84:6.
For the Christian, a depressing and discouraging situation is no dark tunnel with some distant flicker of light. It is a valley in which God almighty is close at hand even if unseen and unfelt. Psalm 23:4.
In His love and mercy, God can transform our valleys into special blessings.
‘Achor’ denotes ‘trouble.’ A valley of trouble can become a place of regained gladness – a door of hope! Hosea 2:15 .
‘Baca,’ denotes a place of weeping. A valley experience can become a place of spiritual refreshment, a life-giving well! Psalm 84:6.
Can you recognise the difference between a tunnel and a valley? They are not identical.
However deep, dark, and long the valley, the light of our blessed Saviour is always ABOVE His children.
His light is never a tiny speck in some remote distance. He never leaves us in the all-surrounding darkness of a tunnel with only the faintest glimmer of hope. In His love and mercy, there is something much better.
Even in the darkest valley, a believer can hold on to the Lord’s promises and say, “When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” Micah 7:8.
Blessed be His Name!
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