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Friday, December 12, 2014

In The Darkness

In The Darkness
Pastor B.J. Knefley

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
(Isaiah 9:2)

I, like many, am a creature of habit. I get up early, take the dogs out, make a cup of coffee and then head back to my sunroom to sit in the darkness. I choose to sit in the darkness for a variety of reasons. I could turn on the lights but I don’t. In fact the only light that I have is that of a candle the flickers on the table next to me. Sometimes I just sit and watch the flame while I reflect upon my day. Other times I don’t, it is a choice I make; I can choose to turn on the light, but I’m comfortable right where I am, so I don’t.

In the quote above, the people walking in spiritual darkness have a choice; they will have an opportunity to see. Out of the depth of their darkness they will have a light and it will be a light of hope. The entire passage points to the coming of a savior, one who will take them out of their darkness and despair. It is recorded in Isaiah 9:6: “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. It is a blessed hope but not one that everyone embraces.

Change is difficult. It’s difficult because we can get very comfortable in our stuff. Choosing to sit in darkness is a choice. Whether it is physical darkness or spiritual darkness, we still choose it. When I find myself sitting in the darkness of the early morning, I’m also sitting with anticipate of the sunrise. I love the colors that the morning brings, and I love to see what the light shows as I scan the area surrounding my house. God calls us out of our darkness and into the light. We can either choose to take that step or continue in what is familiar and comfortable. It’s always about a choice. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

That's an excellent simile Pastor Bernie. God's light is always here, we just need to choose to open our eyes. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Pastor Bernie. I like how you bring prospective to the Bible lessons and spictures. We need to look for the light each day and you say that well. Are there reprints of your colums anywhere. I wanted a copy of the one about dildine and the easter message about being more than a bunny and eggs.

McElwain Hall said...

Very nice -- always a joy to read.