“Arise out of Darkness!”

“… darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples … ”  (Isaiah 60:2)

GOD has equipped His people with all that is needed to not be overwhelmed by this darkness. Click To Tweet

Sometimes we hear people of an older generation exclaim, “I never thought I’d see something like this in my lifetime!”.  Or maybe we’ve heard even a “millennial” ask, “Can it get any worse than this?”  But since the Apostle Paul wrote around 67 A.D. that “in the last days perilous times will come” (II Timothy 3:1) and then proceeds to give examples of what evil will produce, it is little wonder that we are witnessing such darkness in these days. BUT GOD has equipped His people with all that is needed to not be overwhelmed by this darkness but rather to overcome evil with Divine Good (Romans  12:21) and to let the Light that is in us shine unto all men that ultimately God might be glorified.  “Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4), because He that is in us is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all (I John 1:5).  But ofttimes we find ourselves not merely sensing the darkness all around us but also being influenced and hindered by it.

“Who walks in darkness and has no light?”

What encouragement the Lord’s promise in Isaiah 50:10 gives us:  “Who among you fears the Lord?  Who obeys the voice of His Servant?  Who walks in darkness and has no light?  Let him trust in the Name of the Lord and rely upon his God.” (emphasis mine) In Habakkuk 3:19 we read that He has given us hinds’ feet and that He causes us “to walk, not to stand still in terror but to walk and to make spiritual progress upon our high places of trouble, suffering, and responsibility.” (Amplified)

But what if  we find ourselves in a pit of confusion, depression, anxiety or the like, and just can’t seem to get up out of it, lacking strength to help ourselves?  The Lord declares in Isaiah  60:1  ” Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you – rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!”  But Lord, I can hardly lift my head let alone my whole being from out of this pit!  How do I “arise”?!

We rise by reckoning.

We are able to arise out of our pits by reckoning, rehearsing, believing  what He has already done for us and given to us.  We start thinking about what we have in Him:  (1)  “ALL spiritual blessings in Heavenly places” (Eph.1:3), including our seating with Christ far above all darkness and the powers thereof!   (2)  ” … ALL things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Peter, or the universe or life or death, or the immediate and threatening present or the future – all are yours.  And you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.” (I Cor.3:23) – i.e., we belong to the Light of the world which darkness will never overcome;  (3)  We have Resurrection Life!  – i.e., we are already risen as far above the powers of darkness we could ever be!  (4)  Perhaps most importantly we have a Love that will never fail and that passes knowledge (I Cor.13:8;  Eph.3:19), a Love Whose dimensions are immeasurable, unlimited, extending all the way into eternity (Eph.3:17;  Psalm 119:96).

God’s Love dismisses all fear, His Light dispels all darkness.

Is it any wonder that the Lord implores us in Jude 22 to keep ourselves in the Love of God, and that He chides the Church at Ephesus for leaving “First Love”?  We need to get our roots deep into this everlasting Love and to dwell in this  “secret place of the Most High”, which affords us the shelter of the Almighty “Whose power no foe can withstand” (Psa.91:1, Amplified)  Then only will we be able to behave as did the three young Hebrew men in Daniel 3 when thrown into the fiery furnace, and Daniel when delivered into the den of hungry lions!  There was no fear in their hearts because they reckoned on God’s Presence, on His Love, on His ability to deliver them according to His Will.

Let’s be saturated with His Love and Light!

“The entrance of God’s Word gives Light.” (Psalm 119:130)  and the Love of God never fails.  How wise we would be, then, to draw ever nearer to the hearing, reading, meditating upon, fellowshipping around the Word of God than ever before, never assuming that we know anything as we ought to know it (II Cor.8:2).  And how vital to draw near to Him Who Is Love, personally, alone, listening in silence before Him to speak to our hearts intimately, and also to draw near to the saints, to the Body of Christ, without whom we can never know the depth, the height, the length, the breadth of this great Love that alone had the power to translate us from the powers of darkness into the Kingdom of His Son (Col.1:13).   Let’s receive Grace to go beyond an ankle-, knee-, or loin-deep experience of His Life while on earth, and let’s purpose to receive Grace upon Grace to get in “over our head-knowledge”  in His Love, as His Light continually unfolds to us Who He is, what He’s like, who we are and what we have in Him.

 

 

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