I’ve been thinking and praying about darkness a lot lately. Now that Ramadan is just about over I’ve had a fresh look at what this looks like. Darkness isn’t so much the presence of something, but the lack of something else. All around me I see people who are lacking something. They go through their religious routine. They pay they respects to God in the form of scheduled prayer, attendance, and fasting. But it’s a lack of God’s spirit that keeps them from finding the Truth. The darkness is palpable here.
But my heart breaks for these people to be set free- to be free to see Jesus for who he really is- the savior, the redeemer, the Light of the world. The hard part about darkness is that is never moves. Darkness sits in one spot. It’s heavy. It can’t travel. Light though is different. Light can move. Light travels. Light enters a room and fills it. There’s a speed to light. So until Light penetrates a space the darkness will remain. Light must come from the outside to fill a darkness within.
I think one thing that is required for the Light to come in is a supple heart, a pliable heart. A heart that hasn’t closed all the windows, but rather is open and hopeful, waiting for the light to come in. John Piper said recently, “Whether you see what the Bible says about your salvation as good news depends in large measure on how hopelessly lost you think you are.” If you’re not aware that you’re lost, you won’t want to be saved. But for those who are aware, Christ is precious and valuable- a treasure to savor your whole life. We’re praying that people would be aware and put their faith in Him.
There are some other verses that talk about this darkness.
2 Cor 4:3-5 says
“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
We’re asking that the veil would be removed from the eyes of the people around us- that they would no longer be blinded, but SEEING.
Also Acts 26:17-18
“I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
This was God’s message to Paul. It’s our appeal for our Cousin friends and neighbors.
Please Lord, let your light shine in dark places. Open the eyes of the people around us so that they may see you as beautiful and precious. Remove the veil Lord in front of their hearts. Give them the ability to treasure you as you deserve and our hearts desire. Amen!