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Tuesday Thoughts 7-31-18

 

I have always been a fan of nighttime.  It’s cooler at night, the stars come out as the light fades, and the dancing flames & glowing coals of a campfire are compelling when darkness falls.  From twilight until the first subtle hints of morning is the time for deep thought, quiet meditation and long drives.  It was God’s idea to have a time to bring out the evidence of his greatness in the command performance of galaxies, solar systems and their dance through the darkness between them.  It was his plan for work to stop so that we, His children, could sleep and recharge in order to enjoy the glories of the day to come.  But as with other aspects of creation, the designed perfection of night was disfigured by sin so that darkness became a hiding place for fear, deceit, and despair.   The very battle between the goodness of God and the prince of evil is known as the battle of light against dark.  We have known for thousands of years, the light-ness of God!  As the Old Testament prophet Isaiah wrote about Jesus, who was to come, “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.”  Isaiah 9:2 (NIV84).  The light did dawn on us through the sacrifice of our Savior on the cross!  The power of corrupted darkness fled before the radiance of the goodness of God when our sins were paid for!  So how are you doing with this life in the light?   I don’t know where you’re at, but I want the light-life!  However, I often find corners of shade or corridors with shadow.  We have no excuse you know.  The Creator did all the hard parts.  All we have to do is choose (and keep choosing).  Paul wrote these words of challenge a long time ago, and the time that has passed between then and now multiplies their urgency, “…Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 13:11b–14a (NLT).  When this world ends, there will be no more darkness. There’ll be no heat that needs cooling, no need of proof in the stars, no need for compelling campfires because we will all be drawn to the light of Jesus in person!  But in this life, we can hold our hand up against the light to shield little compartments of self and so create shadows where trouble dwells.  Will you live in the light?

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