To give LIGHT to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of PEACE.
The dawn-chorus, which ushers in the first rays of sunshine to a sleeping earth, begins with the first melodious strain of a single little blackbird’s throat. Similarly, the silent approach of the Sun of Righteousness 2000 years ago, was heralded by the glorious songs of Mary and Zacharias.. who sang of the tender mercies of our God, whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us. Just as the dark, shapeless earth needed the 'Ruach' of God to flutter over it... just as the black, formless void required the Light to be bidden.. just as the lifeless clay body of man required the Breath of Life to light his spirit... just as the Spirit overshadowed Mary in the Incarnation of the Light of the World – so the Holy Spirit, the ‘Ruach’ of God, breathes in life and light. Life and light to the dead sinner’s spirit: You, He also quickened. You, He made alive – you who were dead in trespasses and sins. Rom.8:11
Just as God’s directed light followed darkness and dawn at the world’s creation... just as dazzling light filled the newly formed clay vessel (Adam) with spirit and life – so is the new creation called from darkness to light, and from death to life. And here, in these wonderful words, God’s purpose was seen. The first sight of God’s amazing purpose was proclaimed:- a mystery and a plan... formed in the heart of God from before the world was created. The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world…..” Rom.13:8. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery – even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world, unto our glory.” 1Cor.2:7
Oh, Christian! away from the Lord we are overshadowed and swamped by darkness.. overwhelmed by ignorance, impurity, sorrow, grief, and utterly sin-soaked. And thus was the world six thousand years ago. Thus was the world two thousand years ago and thus is the world now in this present age: Unconquered sin... Unenlightened ignorance.. Uncomforted sorrow.., Unexplained despair. Darkness that strangles the hopes of hearts.. deadness that shuts out so much that is fair and sweet and good and gentle – but Jesus came to give God’s light and He came to guide us into God’s peace.
To the saved believers, the light of His life cascades into a darkened soul. A pure, brilliant Light that first rejoices the heart, but discomforts the conscience.. for His pure light distresses the eyes at first, but its soothing balm will heal the pain and cure the wounds. His brilliant glory and righteousness exposes our wretchedness.. but satisfies our need. The darkness of sorrow won’t cease, but His light will calm the troubled breast. His peace will bring our grieving spirits into quiet submission as we rest in Him. When we truly and unreservedly put our helpless hand into His, He fills us with light. When we wholeheartedly admit our own powerlessness – He dispenses His peace.
Only those who thus walk hand in hand with Him can fully access His light and peace. The way of His wisdom is the way of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” Proverbs 3:17 But only those that follow His footsteps have quietness of spirit and amity with God. Only those who trust His love are in concord with themselves and with others. Only they who truly know how to die to self, utterly and completely – only they are truly at peace with life’s circumstances. They find no strain within; no hostility without; no alienation from God. They have no pricks of an accusing conscience; no unsatisfied longings or desires, for they trust in His love completely – for they know that: “all things work together, for good…” Rom.8:28
Take the hand of the One that knows how to lighten those that sit in darkness. Walk with the One Who will truly guide your feet into the way of peace, and you will have contentment in this age despite the hardships and disappointments – and in the age to come – the Millennial Age, you will discover joys unspeakable, for you will live 1000 years, in time – time recaptured from the today’s devouring locusts. Only put your hand into His and say:- order my walk; order my every moment… order my way and my life to your good pleasure – for whither Thou goest I will go. What you decide I will accept. What you command I will do. SEE… I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands, you are continually before Me.
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