“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.” –Isaiah 9:2
Do we live in a land of darkness? We grow so accustomed to the world all around us, do we recognize the darkness in it? The emptiness? The brokenness? The vanity? The shallowness? The cruelty? The dismissiveness? The cynicism? The self-centeredness? The sin? Do we recognize the coldness and hardness that set in when God is not welcome? Do we see such “deep darkness” with spiritual eyes? Or have we grown too accustomed to the world?
If the world is not buried in darkness, then we have no need for a light. If the world and all its greed, pleasure, distraction, and selfish ambition are what we are looking for, we need nothing more than what abundantly surrounds us.
If the world is buried in darkness, however, then how desperate we should be for a light—a great LIGHT—to shine. That light saves us from the corruption of this age. That light teaches us to truly love the Lord God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Not in feigned piety, but sincerely, from a pained and honest heart, struggling in a dark world.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12) Praise God that a great light has shined upon us, in our Savior, Jesus Christ. For those who recognize darkness all around them—and even in them—what comforting news to find that a Light has appeared!
The light does not pluck us from the darkness, but rather shines upon
us as we journey and struggle through it. May God be with you, may God shine upon you, in all the darkness that you may face. And may such a Light be salvation and healing for your soul. Amen.
– Tom Harrits