Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Today’s Topic: Illuminate Me!
Today’s Text: Isaiah 56:10a Israel’s watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge;
The last few nights have been beautiful. By the time I have returned each night from doing the work God has called me to do, the moon has been well above the eastern horizon. What a moon. Three nights ago it was almost full. Two nights ago it was completely full. Last night it had lost a little off the southwestern edge. Oh how it shone. It was literally possible to drive the car without headlights on. I was amazed again at how God created a lifeless orb of rock that could reflect light so brilliantly. It has no light within itself. It only reflects the light it receives from the sun. God placed it in the perfect position to reflect just the right amount of light.
Night has fallen upon our world. It is morally dark. Isaiah describes the condition in verses ten through twelve of chapter fifty-six.
- Israel’s watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge;
- they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark;
- they lie around and dream, they love to sleep.
- They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough.
- They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain.
- “Come,” each one cries, “let me get wine! Let us drink our fill of beer! And tomorrow will be like today, or even far better.”
Maybe before we go on we should take a moment and review that list, and prayerfully consider under the influence of the Holy Spirit which of those things might be true of our hearts. Please do that. You see, we are God’s watchmen of our day. We do not want the darkness to invade us. I will be here when you get done……………………………….
Now, having dealt with the darkness in our own hearts, we are prepared to penetrate the darkness around us. I’m sure the Holy Spirit has already shown you the application. God created us in Christ Jesus to be the reflection of His Light to the world around us. We have been placed in the perfect position in relationship to the world so that we bring the light of the Son to those in darkness.
But unlike the moon, we are not mere reflectors of the Light – we are the Light. We have the Son that the world needs to see. Jesus, the Light of the world, lives in us. The issue we must deal with is why the Light doesn’t shine better. We seem to be stuck in the new moon phase of life, when the world needs us to be in full moon phase. We are participating in the darkness rather than illuminating it.
The solution is simple – “Lord Jesus, illuminate me! I turn my face towards you so that I am no longer in the shadow of the world. Then will you be able to use me to illuminate the darkness around me.”