Turn on the Power
Psalms 32:1 – 2 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
It’s the time of year when the weather can get pretty intense. Atmospheric conditions can quickly spawn thunderstorms that can produce heavy rain, hail, strong winds, and even tornadoes. The consequences of some of these storms can be pretty severe. Even the smallest storms produce lightning that can interrupt the flow of electricity to our homes, plunging us into darkness. At times like that we realize how much we depend on that invisible power.
To compensate, we light candles or grab a flashlight and carry it with us. But light is not the only area of our lives that is affected. There’s no television, no traditional food preparation, and no heat or air conditioning. No matter how many substitutes we find for electricity, we cannot return to our normal lifestyle until the full power is restored. When it is and the lights come back on, you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from the people affected. We can eat. We can open our garage doors again. Our air conditioning comes back on. We can go to bed in peace. We feel safe and secure again. We are thankful for the blessing of light.
When I read the first two verses of Psalm 32 today I was reminded of another time when a city was plunged into darkness. Unlike the summer thunderstorms, it was not caused by an electrical failure. It happened at three o’clock in the afternoon. In an instant in the middle of the day the world was plunged into total darkness. No, it was not an eclipse of the sun by the moon – it was an eclipse of the Son by sin. The Light of the world had been extinguished while hanging on a cross. Darkness invaded the earth. There on the spiritual power pole of eternity the Son of God had surrendered His life on behalf of mankind and there was no more light.
Sin always results in darkness. The darkness we experience in our mind, soul and spirit is the product of sin. We cannot call ourselves blessed when we are in the darkness of sin. Even though we have tried to light candles here and there in our lives and carry flashlights so we can see where we are going, we know in our hearts that we are still walking in darkness and the True Power is not on. We know that we are covering sin somewhere in our lives, and we are deceiving ourselves by thinking we are living in the light by carrying manmade lights.
Here’s what the Apostle John says about that – God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth…If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1)
Oh how we have lied to ourselves. We have convinced ourselves that as long as people don’t know the truth about who we are and what we do, the façade of light we have turned on is sufficient. But in our hearts we know that living in candlelight does not satisfy us fully, and that darkness is still pervasive. As long as we claim that the power is on while knowing that there are areas of darkness in our lives, we cannot be fully blessed and experience the fullness of the Light as God intended.
But there’s great news for us. The Power has been restored. The Light of the world was resurrected. Darkness has been conquered once and for all, and the Power can never again go out. Darkness does not have to exist in our lives. The Apostle John goes on and says, But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
But we must understand that the only way for us to walk in the light is to stop lying about the presence of darkness. The blessing of God can only be fully experienced and appreciated by those who have no deceit in their spirit. There can be no compromise with sin. There can be no cover-up of sin. There can be no complacency towards sin. When we come to Jesus in full humility and transparency, revealing every part of our lives to Him, His blood covers it all and restores the power.
So do not fear opening your heart up to Jesus – even those long-hidden dark secrets. He has already paid for every one of them, and He wants to bless you with His total forgiveness and restore you to His fellowship in the light. After all, aren’t you tired of the dark? Isn’t it time to turn on all the power?