Seems like there’s darkness all around us. When we watch the news, it’s not only depressing but can also make us angry. Democrats and Republicans can cause us to be anything but united.
Poverty, disease, pestilence (COVID), violence, abortions, murder, and the weather have all gone wild, along with the stock exchange. The only certainty is, nothing is certain.
You know the story of Pharaoh and the ten plagues (found in Exodus, chapter 10.) The ninth plague was darkness. How dark was it? They couldn’t even see each other for three days, a darkness that could be felt. They saw no stars, moon, candles, or lamps.
Many times, darkness and judgment go together. We can and have prayed for God’s mercy. He might very well have mercy on us. Unfortunately, that doesn’t dismiss our judgment. It just puts it off for a time.
“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14)
God’s judgment is imminent — if you wait until judgment day to decide to follow Jesus, it will be too late for you.
During that ninth plague, the Israelites still had light while Egypt groped through the darkness. Jesus is still the light of the world. I do believe God will give us light and mercy, but we must go beyond just pleading for mercy. We must also cry out in repentance and experience a change of heart and mind. Then we can escape judgment and bring light to those in darkness.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5:14)
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3)