AUGUST- WALKING THROUGH DARKNESS

Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone upon my head, and by his light I walked through darkness, as I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent, when the Almighty was yet with me.

Job, a holy and upright man—one on whom the Lord doted, and of whom He bragged—knew intimately the joy and glory of walking daily in the Lord’s light.

The psalmist knew the darkness, and simultaneously knew the light of the Lord.

For it is you who light my lamp;
the Lord my God lightens my darkness.

Jesus, the Lord Himself, knew communion with the Father. Intimately, closely, dearly.

At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

As He took the sins of the world upon Himself, separation from the Father was immediate and devastating.

We stand condemned in our own strength. We stand in the darkness, blind and stumbling without the Lord’s light and we are deceived if we believe otherwise. Job saw the reality of his separation from the Lord’s light, and cried out to the Father

I have sewed sackcloth over my skin
and buried my brow in the dust.
My face is red with weeping,
dark shadows ring my eyes;
yet my hands have been free of violence
and my prayer is pure.
Earth, do not cover my blood;
may my cry never be laid to rest!
Even now my witness is in heaven;
my advocate is on high.
My intercessor is my friend

as my eyes pour out tears to God;
on behalf of a man he pleads with God
as one pleads for a friend.

and

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God

Separation from God is our natural state — the result of sin and death on this world, and none can argue that the darkness is undeserved. The experience of a close, dear, vibrant walk with the Father does not preclude the night from coming. But we have an advocate. One who took the separation upon Himself, took it into the grave, and conquered it.

This month we are reminded that there is a path through darkness. As darkness comes, we are led through the valley of the shadow of death only by His rod and His light. His comfort is ours, if we walk faithfully with Him through darkness.

AUGUST READING PLAN

1- 2CH 30.1 - 31.21 // ROM 15.1 - 22 // PSA 25.1 - 15 // PRO 20.13 - 15


2- 2CH 32.1 - 33.13 // ROM 15.23 - 16.9 // PSA 25.16 - 22 // PRO 20.16 - 18


3- 2CH 33.14 - 34.33 // ROM 16.10 - 27 // PSA 26.1 - 12 // PRO 20.19


4- 2CH 35.1 - 36.23 // 1CO 1.1 - 17 // PSA 27.1 - 6 // PRO 20.20 - 21


5- EZR 1.1 - 2.70 // 1CO 1.18 - 2.5 // PSA 27.7 - 14 // PRO 20.22 - 23


6- EZR 3.1 - 4.23 // 1CO 2.6 - 3.4 // PSA 28.1 - 9 // PRO 20.24 - 25


7- EZR 4.24 - 6.22 // 1CO 3.5 - 23 // PSA 29.1 -11 // PRO 20.26 - 27


8- 3ZR 7.1 - 8.20 // 1CO 4.1 -21 // PSA 30.1 -12 // PRO 20.28 - 30


9- EZR 8.21 - 9.15 // 1CO 5.1 - 13 // PSA 31.1 - 8 // PRO 21. 1 - 2


10- EZR 10.1 - 44 // 1CO 6.1 - 20 // PSA 31. 9 - 18 // PRO 21.3


11- NEH 1.1 - 3.14 // 1CO 7.1 - 24 // PSA 31.19 - 24 // PRO 21.4


12- NEH 3.15 - 5.13 // 1CO 7.25 - 40 // PSA 32.1 - 11 // PRO 21.5 - 7


13- NEH 5.14 - 7.73 // 1CO 8.1 - 13 // PSA 33.1 - 11 // PRO 21.8 - 10


14- NEH 7.73- 9.21 // 1CO 9.1 - 18 // PSA 33.12 - 22 // PRO 21.11 - 12


15- NEH 9.22 - 10.39 // 1CO 9.19 - 10.13 // PSA 34.1 - 10 // PRO 21.13


16- NEH 11.1 - 12.26 // 1CO 10.14 - 33 // PSA 34.11 - 22 // PRO 21.14 - 16


17- NEH 12.27 - 13.31 // 1CO 11.1 - 16 // PSA 35.1 - 16 // PRO 21.17 - 18


18- EST 1.1 - 3.15 // 1CO 11.17 - 34 // PSA 35.17 - 28 // PRO 21.19 - 20


19- EST 4.1 - 7.10 // 1CO 12.1 - 26 // PSA 36.1 - 12 // PRO 21.21 - 22


20- EST 8.1 - 10.3 // 1CO 12.27 - 13.13 // PSA 37.1 - 11 // PRO 21.23 - 24


21- JOB 1.1 - 3.26 // 1CO 14.1 - 17 // PSA 37.12 - 29 // PRO 21.25 - 26


22- JOB 4.1 - 7.21 // ICO 14.18 - 40 // PSA 37.30 - 40 // PRO 21.27


23- JOB 8.1 - 11.20 // 1CO 15.1 - 28 // PSA 38.1 - 22 // PRO 21.28 - 29


24- JOB 12.1 - 15.35 // 1CO 15.29 - 58 // PSA 39.1 - 13 // PRO 21.30 - 31


25- JOB 16.1 - 19.29 // 1CO 16.1 - 24 // PSA 40.1 - 10 // PRO 22.1


26- JOB 20.1 - 22.30 // 2CO 1. 1 - 11 // PSA 40.11 - 17 // PRO 22.2 - 4


27- JOB 23.1 - 27.23 // 2CO 1.12 - 2.11 // PSA 41.1 - 13 // PRO 22.5 - 6


28- JOB 28.1 - 30.31 // 2CO 2.12 - 17 // PSA 42.1 - 11 // PRO 22.7


29- JOB 31.1 - 33.33 // 2CO 3.1 - 18 // PSA 43.1 - 5 // PRO 22.8 - 9


30- JOB 34.1 - 36.33 // 2CO 4.1 - 12 // PSA 44.1 - 8 // PRO 22.10 - 12


31- JOB 37.1 - 39.30 // 2CO 4.13 - 5.10 // PSA 44.9 - 26 // PRO 22.13