«Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits» (Psalm 103:2).
LIKE TO COLLECT QUOTES I’ve selected from my favorite authors. One of these gems is found in The Ministry of Healing: «When temptations assail you, when care, perplexity, and darkness seem to surround your soul, look to the place where you last saw the light. «—ch. 18, p. 250.
What does Ellen G. White mean by «look to the place where you last saw the light»? The answer is found in the same paragraph, a couple of lines later: «When sin struggles for the mastery in the heart, when guilt oppresses the soul and burdens the conscience, when unbelief clouds the mind, remember that Christ’s grace is sufficient to subdue sin and banish the darkness. «—Ibid.; emphasis added).
What a great thing! No matter how strong the temptation, or how difficult the trial is, Christ; grace is enough to overcome sin and banish the darkness. Now, how do we appropriate that grace? Today’s verse points out one way: Do not forget!
When I reflected on how important it is to remember what God has done for us, a harsh experience came to my mind that David lived as a fugitive. First, because of Saul’s fierce persecution, David had to flee his own country (see I Samuel 27). Then the Philistines also rejected him (ch. 29). When rejected by his own and by strangers, David returned with his men to Ziklag, where he lived, and found that the Amalekites had set fire to the city and taken all their relatives captive (1 Samuel 30:1). The situation became so difficult, the people threatened to stone him. Impossible that it could get worse!
The account says that at that moment of extreme crisis, «David strengthened himself in the Lord his God» (v. 6). How was he strengthened? In that difficult hour, David «reviewed his past eventful life. . . His soul was refreshed in recalling the many evidences of God’s favor.»—Patriarchs and Prophets, ch. 68, p. 692. David then prayed, and the God who had never failed him did not abandon him either at the time of trial.
If right now you are going through a difficult time in your life, if darkness envelops your soul, then it is time to remember that «Christ’s grace is sufficient to subdue sin and banish the darkness.» It is time to remember that the Lord has never abandoned you. It is time to look back at the last time you last saw the light!
Lord Jesus, may I remember that You have never abandoned me in times of trial. May I also remember that Your grace is enough to overcome sin and banish the darkness, no matter how dense it may seem!