Saturday, October 24, 2009

Even in Darkness...My King still Shines!

Lately, I have developed a fascination with the night sky. Well, I say lately, but I have always loved it. This summer, we went on a night hike up Pike's Peak twice...the first time we took the wrong trail so we did it right the next night. But the sky was beautiful!!!! We were out away from the city, on the side of a mountain, in the woods, and it was pitch black. The moon was gorgeous and I had never seen so many stars. They literally coated the night sky and sparkled. I stood in awe of my Creator, and wish I could have walked up the mountain with my face pointed at the heavens.

Psalms 19:1-3 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard."

How can you look up at the sky, see stars more numerous than the sands, and not acknowledge that there is a Creator? Have you ever wondered why they hang up there and don't fall down? The heavens scream that there is a Creator. They are beautiful, they are divinely created, and more numerous than we could ever count. God even promised Abraham that his descendants would be more numerous than the stars in the heavens (Genesis 26:4). What an amazing promise! Psalms 147:4 even says that He numbered the stars and knows each one by name. If the God of the universe could make so many stars that we can't even count and know each one by name (which indicates both an intimacy and involvement with His creation), how could we ever doubt that He both knows our needs and our hearts so intimately?

By nature, I am a night owl. My dad and I would stay up for hours on the weekend to watch movies or talk...often long after the rest of the family had shut down for the night. Night has always been a time of rest, peace, and beauty to me. But I think we also fear the night...we fear the darkness...we fear the fear that comes with things we can't see. Darkness in its very nature has always been associated with the evil one. He is always associated with spiritual darkness. But even in the God is a genius!!!

Genesis describes the moon as the lesser of the two bodies of light that God created. The stars are also not very bright. But guess what? Even with the weak light that they give off, they still shatter the darkness! It is like the Lord, in His divine planning, is showing us that even when we can't see, are so weak, give fear and evil power over us, He provides light that shatters our darkness. Darkness is simply the absence of light. But because we serve such a big God, we will never be without some light!

As believers, "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden" (Matthew 5:14). As light, we are shattering the darkness in our world. And one light effectively ends darkness. It may be dim, but darkness no longer has complete power. This world will never be without God's people. Even in prophecies about the tribulation, the Bible says that Christians will be handed over to the Antichrist but they will not be completely blotted out! We stand and we shine because we serve a God of light who always, always, ALWAYS shines a light in our darkest night. Look for the light He is giving you! Beauty in the brokenness and light in the darkness. It is a promise, and we serve a God who has not broken a promise in all the existence of creation. Take heart and look to see the light God promises to provide! He is faithful!

Following His Light,

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