Parents often tell their children, “Be home before dark.” And in areas not served by electricity, travelers feel a pressing need to reach their destination while light still lingers in the sky. “Home before dark” means a successful journey and a safe arrival.
Robertson McQuilkin used this phrase to express his desire to remain faithful to the Lord throughout his spiritual journey. His prayer ended with the words “Lord, let me get home before dark.” He explained this by first saying, “I fear . . . that I should end before I finish, or finish but not well. That I should stain Your honor, shame Your name, grieve Your loving heart. Few, they tell me, finish well.”
McQuilkin’s words echo the heartfelt longing of the apostle Paul as he faced danger ahead in Jerusalem: “None of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).
It is God’s word of grace (v.32) that encourages us to continue in faith, for it tells us that He is able to strengthen us until the end of our lives. So let’s keep walking and trusting as we pray, “By Your grace, Father, I humbly ask You to help me get home before dark.”
Immortal words of truth we've read,
So powerfully penned, so filled with grace,
Will follow us through all our days
And spur us on to win life's race. —D. De Haan
The race of life is run by faith and won by grace.