Expecting Light in the Darkness

January 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

When you are vulnerable and struggling to keep head above water, it is difficult to see the light beyond the shadows.  Isaiah 9:1-4 uses the example of two of the most vulnerable tribes in Israel’s history, namely Zebulun and Naphtali. Given their locations, they were always caught between the power struggles of the northern and southern kingdoms.  “Nevertheless,” says Isaiah 9:1, despite their “distress” they will rejoice again when the Lord lift their burdens in the future (9:4).  “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned” (9:2).  People who are frequently finding themselves in darkness know best that ultimately life is dependent on God’s intervention to continuously drag them out of darkness into His light.  This is what we celebrate during the season of Epiphany, namely the inbreaking of God’s light when the darkness seems to overwhelm.  Christians are struggling to survive as much as anyone else.  The difference is that, even when we are in our darkest nights, we always expect God to again shine His light into our darkness.  Can you trust God today in anticipation that His light will again shine into your darkness?

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