“I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.” – Isaiah 42:16
This passage reminds me of the song “The Power of the Cross” (Stewart Townend, Keith Getty), where it says “Oh, to see the dawn of the darkest day: Christ on the road to Calvary…this the power of the cross: Christ became sin for us; took the blame, bore the wrath – we stand forgiven at the cross.” The prospect of God’s full wrath against our sin is bleak. The darkness of sin cannot hide from the Light of the World. When we follow Jesus, we accept His sacrifice for our sins (atonement), that we might be acceptable in the sight of God because Jesus took the punishment of our sins on Himself in our place.
Because of the freedom we have in Him, we can trust Him to shine His light on the path we are to take, and know that He will not allow evil to prosper in the end, even though it may temporarily seem to flourish here on the earth. With our Savior and Lord as our Guide, how can we fear our future? Even death itself does not have the same sting as far those without the Hope of Jesus, since we know that even those who are “absent from the body” are “present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).