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The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. ~ John 1:5
I’m looking up at the moon and it fascinates me. Moonlight penetrates the darkness even though it is not an actual source of light. The moon does not emit its own light. It reflects the light of the sun.
God thought of everything when He created the earth. He created day and night (Genesis 1:3-5), and when He did so He came up with a way to give the earth a special night light – the moon. He positioned the moon so that it would reflect the sun’s light to the dark places of the earth. Thus making true the verse above in a literal way…The light does indeed shine through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
Metaphorically this verse tells us that Christ is the light, and that His light will always shine through the darkness. The darkness of Satan/sin/evil can never extinguish His light.
Have you seen the movie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from The Chronicles of Narnia? In that movie, hell is freezing over on earth. The kingdom of Narnia has been taken over by an evil ruler who has turned Narnia into a cold, harsh place. Yet, a street lamp with a flame continues to burn, shining its light and radiating warmth. Even though the powers of wickedness had taken over the kingdom of Narnia, those powers were never able to extinguish the light which represented the power and authority of Christ.
So what does this mean for us? It means that the light and love of Christ is ever-present in our world and in our lives. Darkness may come, but it can never extinguish the light of Christ.
For many people, life is good. They’re doing well.
For others, life is hard…sweet, beautiful children are sick and suffering…people are fighting cancers and other terrible illnesses…many struggle with financial problems…marriage/relathionship problems…life can be harsh and unfair…violence happens…abuse happens… death happens…for some it becomes too much and they don’t think they can keep going.
Why, God? Why is there pain and suffering? Why do bad things happen? Why do people have to struggle?
God has never given me specific answers to these questions, and I doubt that He ever will. What I do know is that we live in a fallen world. We live in a world where there is love, goodness, faith and God, but also sin and evil. Fortunately, I see much more good than evil in the world. Despite the bad things that happen, God’s order reigns – the sun still rises every morning, seasons come and go, and love continues.
As a Christian I see God as a loving, provisional God. He is a God who loves all of His children and wants all of us to fare well. He loves us so much that He wants us to love each other, too, and commands us to love each other as He has loved us. I don’t think He wants bad things to happen. In fact, I think it hurts Him even more than it hurts us to see all the sin and evil in our world. I recently spoke to our pastor about this. He reminded me that Jesus wept. Jesus cried as he approached Jerusalem, not for himself, but because of the sins of the people. (Luke 19:41) Our world broke Jesus’ heart in Bible times, and His heart still breaks today. We know from the Bible, that ultimately Christ reigns over Satan and evil. Christ wins the war, but at times I think Satan wins some battles. When that happens, I believe God is as brokenhearted as we are…if not even more so.
God works in each of us in different ways, so perhaps you’re called to handle things differently, but for myself I’ve learned that it’s not for me to keep asking, “Why, God?” Instead, I’m called to say, “Please, God.” “Please bring hope and healing to the person who is sick.” “Please be strength and comfort for those who are weak in their suffering.” “Please help this person in his/her situation.” “Please bring a special blessing to this person today.” “Please help that person to stay safe.” “Please protect us from harm and evil.” “Please help me to know what to do, what to say, how to help, and when to step back so that others can step up.” “Please, God, be with us.”
It is not for me to know all the answers or be the solution to all the problems, but I know the One who is, so I turn to Him. God has never let me down. For every, “Please, God”, I’ve ever spoken, He’s given me reason to say, “Praise, God!”, too.
We live in a fallen world, but we have a risen Christ. May His love be wtih you today and always.
Blessed in the nation whose God is LORD… ~ Psalm 33:12
Information below is copied from the 7/2/10 publication of Family Research Council.
Conceived, Birthed, Sustained by Prayer
The Second Continental Congress called for a day of public humiliation, fasting, and prayer throughout the Colonies on Thursday, July 20, 1775. From the time of the Pilgrims, colonial governors and legislatures issued hundreds of proclamations, calling upon Americans to repent, fast and pray. Now, the Colonies were at war. Fellow-Patriot James Warren wrote Samuel Adams:
Three millions of people on their knees at once, supplicating the aid of Heaven, is a striking circumstance, and a very singular one in America. May the blessings of Heaven follow in answer to our prayers.
Their prayers were heard. When the Declaration of Independence was signed in July, 1776, Samuel Adams exclaimed: “We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.” Ours was not a “revolution” like others. The Founders were motivated by faith and righteous principle. Our Republic, where God is acknowledged as the Supreme Author of our “unalienable rights,” was not just the fruit of brilliant statesmanship or even the shed blood of patriots, but the grace of God. Our Forefathers were led by Providence. America was birthed by the agonizing prayers of men and women who longed for a land where a God-fearing people could enjoy freedom in their homes, churches, businesses, schools, and private and public associations, where private property and religious liberty would be protected by just laws, where political liberty would allow faith to flourish.