Darkness to Light

by Dec 8, 2019Christmas, Christmas 2019, Devotional

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
Isaiah 9:2

My daughter wakes up in the middle of the night. A lot. She’s just doing what little kids do. But it hurts me. Not getting up to help her, I am glad (well, mostly glad) to do that. What hurts me is trying to navigate the house in the dark. Some nights I am able to make it through unscathed, but on others, the unseen dresser leg, or the box I forgot to put away, or the doll she left out or God forbid, the LEGO left on the floor, wage war against my feet.

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” It sounds great. It is great. Only, the adjustment from darkness to light is not easy. As I navigate my dark house, I have an option that could save my feet. Turn on the light. It’s uncomfortable, but it doesn’t hurt – not the way a LEGO does. Still I choose to stumble in the dark rather than turn on the light, because maybe tonight I’ll win the battle. I would rather risk the possibility of pain, to avoid the definite discomfort of the light.

Spiritual light is no different. When we first see it, we may not like it, we may even seek to return to the darkness. The light of Christ is good, but it is shocking, it is intrusive, it is even painful. We can hardly take it in. But it allows us to see. It changes how we move and changes what we see. Where we once moved with hesitation, we can now move in freedom. What was once shadow seen only as shape and in shades of gray now stands in brilliant color and contrast because of the light. Not only do we see our world, we see ourselves. The light changes everything but we need time to adjust.

Perhaps that is why the great light of God was revealed gradually? Three-quarters of a millennium passed before the prophesied Light of the World entered the world. Our God is gentle, He brought the light slowly. Even when Jesus arrived His light showed forth gradually. He allowed His disciples to “come and see” long before He appeared in glory on the mountain and after the grave. It takes time to adjust to the light, and our God graciously gives us the time we need.

Read Isaiah 9:1-7; Matthew 4:12-17

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