Today I want to share part of a sermon from one of the leaders of my church. I have been listening to many of these inspiring messages and this one in particular is a favorite. The entire sermon can be found here.
The biblical theme for this message comes from 1 John 1:5
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
I find comfort and truth in this declaration – for God is light. I have known no greater peace then when I am striving to live my life in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ and God the Father.
And now on to a brief introduction to the excerpts I wish to share. Dieter F. Uchdorf is one of the leaders in my church. I always find his sermon’s inspiring, and this one is no exception. His sermon is entitled “The Hope of God’s Light.”
“It is part of our condition as mortal beings to sometimes feel as though we are surrounded by darkness. We might have lost a loved one; a child might have strayed; we might have received a troubling medical diagnosis; we might have employment challenges and be burdened by doubts or fears; or we might feel alone or unloved. But even though we may feel lost in the midst of our current circumstances, God promises the hope of His light—He promises to illuminate the way before us and show us the way out of darkness.” (2013 April General Conference, The Hope of God’s Light, Sun. Morning Session – By Dieter F. Uchtdorf)
“Yes, from time to time our lives may seem to be touched by, or even wrapped in, darkness. Sometimes the night that surrounds us will appear oppressive, disheartening, and frightening.
“Nevertheless, I bear witness that our living hope is in Christ Jesus! He is the true, pure, and powerful entrance to divine enlightenment.
“I testify that with Christ, darkness cannot succeed. Darkness will not gain victory over the light of Christ.
“I bear witness that darkness cannot stand before the brilliant light of the Son of the living God!
“I invite each of you to open your heart to Him. Seek Him through study and prayer.
“…even after the darkest night, the Savior of the world will lead you to a gradual, sweet, and bright dawn that will assuredly rise within you.
“As you walk toward the hope of God’s light, you will discover the compassion, love, and goodness of a loving Heavenly Father, “in [whom there] is no darkness at all.” Of this I testify in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.” (2013 April General Conference, The Hope of God’s Light, Sun. Morning Session – By Dieter F. Uchtdorf)
I love the hopeful message that no matter where we are in our lives, we can find hope and peace in God’s light. For me this is the answer to the question: why does God allow bad things to good people?
God gave us the freedom to make our own choices and sometimes those choices and the choices of others affect us in sorrowful way. However, God has promised us that he will be with us through those times if we put our trust in Him and seek for His light.