2007-07-22 - Daniel
Chapter 7 ~ Installment 60
Walking in and Sharing the Light
And thus, this chapter gives the most important message of the Old Testament, the coming of the Son of God, the promise of the final victory of God through Jesus, His Messiah. As the Son approaches the throne of God to rule, He must first come as light to save a fallen world! This is the message of not just this chapter, but of all of Scripture. And with the Second coming, we have the focus of all history. Praise the Lord for the coming of His light into the darkness.
And it is the light of God that is our comfort. It is this message we are to pass on. We first received it when we accepted the truth of Messiah's substitutionary death for our sins.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it" (John 1:1-5).
And as the dark clouds of circumstances sometimes seem to come between the light of God and ourselves, as we seem to find ourselves trapped in the "Slough of Despond" (From John Bunyan's book Pilgrim's Progress), we need to remember as we turn to Him that there is no situation so dark He cannot bring light to it. The problem is we often chose to ignore the light. We focus on our circumstances and therefore allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the darkness. But we are called to walk in the light.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life'" (John 8:12).
We will never walk in darkness, as long as we depend on the Holy Spirit to bring to us the Messiah's light.
But the world is in darkness. And our walk is in the midst of that darkness. I always think of it a little like the account of Moses in Exodus 10, during the Plague of Darkness.
"Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness will spread over Egypt-darkness that can be felt.' So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived. Then Pharaoh summoned Moses ..." (Exodus 10:21-24).
I always picture Moses as he returns to speak to the Pharaoh. Since light only shone on the Hebrew, Moses walks down the throne room towards the king followed by a Heavenly spotlight. It provided light for him and showed to others the light of God.
As believers we walk, when we choose to do so, in the midst of that Heavenly spotlight - with darkness all around us. And we can become a reflector of that Heavenly light to others, for Messiah as the light has chosen to allow that light to shine through us. But again, we need to choose to let it shine.
"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden" (Matthew 5:14).
"Since the world lives in darkness, then let us rejoice that God has entrusted us to bring it His light. Remember, all we go through, all we suffer is, in the final analysis, so that the light of God can be manifest in the darkness of the world. This is why we need to accept our circumstances, our situation, no matter how difficult. God has chosen to use our feeble light to represent the light that comes from Him.
Do we really understand that our purpose in this life is as simple as living it the way that God desires us to, for the accomplishment His good works? We are called to be faithful, to show up. And as difficult as it may be to carry this out on a practical basis, as long as we truly trust in Him, remembering that He is in control of all things, and look to Him to provide strength through the power of His Spirit, then we can be all that He desires us to be. As we have noted on so many occasions:
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).
To be continued.
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