We live with so much light around, it's hard to imagine a world in total darkness. We are used to everything being illuminated.
The life of the spirit can be quite different, however. We can ignore what is revealed and turn our inner eyes away from the truth.
Take just a moment now to turn your attention to the Spirit that has something for you to see, something new for you to know.
He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!
It seems obvious that everything is seen more fully when there is light. Right? But we seem to enjoy the darkness too much. We often act like we even resent the light. To see things clearly might mean we have to change our minds. And, man, we really don’t like to change our minds.
For there to finally to be peace on earth, for us to not only give up our weapons but put our efforts into things that are far more productive – like farming – there will need to be a whole lot of mind-changing that happens first.
God’s judgments are about shining light into the shadows so that we can see things clearly. So let’s “walk in the light of the Lord!” It will be the beginning of the end of war, and the coming of peace. Thank God.
God, help me not to be afraid of your light shining into my life, but to allow you to bring light to me in such a way that I see things more clearly. May there be a growing willingness within me to change my mind, and to grow. Amen.
Wake up from your sleep, climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!
Ephesians 5:14-16 (The Message)