“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” - C. S. Lewis
I can see it through the window. Rising above the hill before me, a great cloud begins filling the horizon with darkness, portending an abundance of rain and cold temperatures. It is a November fall day, after all, when the last warm days of summer and the first cold days of winter compete for attention with rain tossed in for good measure.
But a far more ominous cloud looms above the horizon of your life. It is a personal, spiritual cloud affecting the peace of your heart and your relationship with God and others.
The foreboding darkness promises greater personal conflict, economic hardship and spiritual turmoil. The contention carried by the darkness is almost palpable: you feel it but cannot touch it; you can describe it but cannot understand it. You witness it at home, school, business and church but you are utterly helpless to resist.
This is life without God.
You know what I am describing. Intense spiritual darkness seems to surround you, often pervading your heart, bringing tears, fears and confusion to your life. Spiritual darkness is a product of the enemy of your soul, Satan, and the direct result of seeking the world and the flesh. Spiritual darkness is the result of trying to live your life apart from a close, personal relationship with the Lord.
You struggle with this darkness every day. You see it in your lack of joy, in the division of relationships, in that gnawing feeling inside that tells you something is missing in your life.
The struggles come easily, yet, answers seem hard to find … but praise God, He gives you the Answer! Some 800 years before the birth of Jesus, God sent His promise of light through the prophet Isaiah.
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. “For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you. “Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isaiah 60.1-3)
In this scripture, the darkness represents judgment that comes as the consequence of sin. But the Lord brings light: spiritual deliverance, heart-felt peace and immeasurable joy.
The Lord will give you His glory!
God will be glorified and it is His desire that He be glorified in you. What an unspeakably wonderful thought! As He places His glory, His Presence on you - as Jesus Christ takes active residence in your life through the Holy Spirit - the light of the glory of God shines through you and brightens the world around you.
It is not up to you to provide the Light, you cannot possibly do that. It is up to you to say “yes” to Jesus Christ and let Him shine brightly through you.
Are you afraid? Don’t be. He is with you to protect. Are you confused? Don’t be. He is the answer. Are you ready to give up? Don’t. He is your present and your future, your Light in the darkness, your Savior and your King.