Midweek Moment - April 1, 2020
Let the one who walks in the dark,
who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on their God. (Isaiah 50:10b)
There's a reason why night lights are so popular. We have multiple in our home, even one that looks like a friendly bunny.
Many young children are afraid of the dark ... some adults are too! The darkness, whether it's in a bedroom or a dark alley, doesn't feel reassuring to us- we like to know what's ahead. And yet, our cultural moment leaves us desperate for light, craving for clarity.
Nobody on the planet today knows what tomorrow brings, whether it's about our health, our financial state, or changes to our routines. It’s normal to feel restless. You might want to hold back on hope for fear that God can’t or won’t act.
This idea of reliance on God is tough in our culture that so values independence and self-reliance, where so much of our lives are devoted to creating systems of control. We are seeing now that our sense of control is merely an illusion.
Thankfully though, the Bible offers good news to those of us walking in darkness. As the prophet Isaiah declares, trusting in the name of the Lord brings deliverance from darkness.
Why? Because Jesus is the Light of the World.
Jesus experienced every fear and worry that we might have today. Jesus faced deep darkness, and even separation from the Father so that through His death and resurrected life, we could have confidence in our future. This is a confidence that isn't tethered to good circumstances, but anchored in the light of God's goodness.
We don’t have to cower in the face of the unknown because we have a God who is with us.
This is the one factor that changes our risk analysis and overcomes our addiction to control. God is at the helm, He is ultimately in control. Trusting in Him should help us lie down and sleep peacefully unafraid of present or future darkness for He is our Light. (Psalm 4:8)
Today, may you know the light and life that’s found in Jesus.