Monday, January 13, 2020
At the risk of being called weird, I enjoy this time of the year. There is something strikingly beautiful about the moon glistening on the snow. The full moon this past weekend was magnificent. I am amazed 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 56:10 Israel’s watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge;
Isaiah describes the condition of the world:
- 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 proceed we should take a moment and review that list, and prayerfully consider, with the help of the Holy Spirit, which of those things might be true of our own heart. Please do that. You see, we are God’s watchmen in this day. We do not want the darkness to invade us. Please take some time right now for personal reflection and repentance.
Now, having dealt with the darkness in our own hearts, we are prepared to penetrate the darkness around us. God created us in Christ Jesus to be the reflection of His Light to the world around us. We have been placed in 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.”