Isaiah 60: 1-2: Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people. But the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you.
A good mystery has always been my book of choice, even when I was a little girl. They started something like this: It was a dark and stormy night, bare tree branches scraped against the window pane like boney fingers trying to touch me through the glass. When I switched off my bedside lamp, the room flooded with darkness. The round mirror on the vanity in the corner looked like a black cavernous hole waiting to suck me into oblivion. The stuffed animals on the chest against the wall appeared to be ominous creatures lurking, waiting on a chance to pounce. Icy chills danced up and down my spine like notes being plucked on the strings of a harp.
That sort of reading is pretty scary for a kid. But, when I look around our world today, I realize that those scary kid stories were nothing compared to the reality we are facing in our daily lives.
It’s truly a dark and stormy world. Boney fingers of lies and corruption seem to be trying to reach us through our shield of faith. Darkness has certainly flooded the world, and the people are in even more darkness. All of this darkness is lurking there, wanting to pull us into its pit of oblivion. Once friendly people are full of hate, waiting to pounce on us when our values go against their cultural choices.
You can feel the darkness, it’s thick and heavy. It makes dreaming of a future look impossible. But, for the child of God, the born-again Christian, there is hope and a future, and it’s God’s plan for our lives. (Jeremiah 29:11).
Sin is increasing. Morals are fading. Perversion is all around us. Church attendance is waning, part of the great falling away. Christians seem unaware that persecution is on the immediate horizon for the church and her people. Our world is upside down, topsy-turvy.
Isaiah 5: 20: Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Some churches are going against the Word of God, teaching doctrines of demons, leading people into perdition. If you are in a church that is not only teaching these doctrines, but lifting them up with joy and waving the flags of iniquity, run!
In these last days you need to draw close to God. Read His holy word in order to educate yourself in His ways. Hang out with fellow believers of like faith to draw strength from one another.
Don’t lean to your government to save you. Nothing can save you but Christ. He is our only hope, and we as true believers who know that He is the way of salvation, the only way, are being called upon by Him to speak forth His word, to warn others of the deception that is surrounding us, and others.
That great darkness upon the people is deception. Deception brought about by wallowing in a lifestyle of sin. They can’t see the truth because they are blinded by the darkness. We as Christians are not in darkness, Jesus is our light.
John 8: 12: Then Jesus spoke to them again saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
So, arise, shine. Let your life shine before men so they can see the truth of God within you. People need to hear what you have to share about Jesus. Let’s get some of those folks out of the dark and stormy night that surrounds us. Until next time!