“To shine on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” ~Luke 1:79
Those were very dark time in the era of the coming Messiah. Sin had run rampant throughout all nations. Political wars, sinful lusts, and personal agendas were at its peak. Oppression from the Roman Empire was being implemented throughout the Land. And God’s people were scattered; and compromised in many ways.
Does this condition sound familiar? We have been bombarded with hostile enemies, racial tension, political agendas, police brutality, police murders, unnatural sexual freedoms… sin is running rampant. It seems like a new type of evil and defiantly feels new, but this type of darkness has been brewing for many years.
This darken world needs a light. The light that gives hope, the hope that gives light. It needs to see the same light that guided us out of our dark hearts. God declares, “I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, in paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them and rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, and I will not leave them undone.” (Isaiah 42:16)
While teaching at VBS the topic was hope in the light of Jesus and as that point reiterated itself, I realize that I/we focus on the fact that Jesus has become the light to expose darkness, but His light also reveal His goodness throughout this fallen world as well. He provided the example, and chose us to continue the work he started. It’s our time to put away our sinful, selfish, opinionated, judgmental attitude and be a light, and direct to the light, in a dark world.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full time staff member at America’s Keswick.
Daily Quote:“To many Christians, Christ is little more than an idea, or at best an ideal. He is not a fact. Millions of professed believers talk as if He were real and act as if He were not. And always our actual position is to be discovered by the way we act, not by the way we talk.” —A.W. Tozer
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”