darkness (어둠)

Ecclesiastes 2:14 (ESV)

14 The wise person has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I perceived that the same event happens to them all.

 

Darkness. 어둠.

To be completely blind is actually quite scary. Stumbling around with no idea of where one is or where one is going.

Yet I don’t think we consider the impact of our spiritual blindness.

It’s as if we’re ignorant of our own blindness. Like we don’t know any better.

But how good is it to see a light in the dark. The hope and joy it brings is indescribable.

We are told by the Apostle John that Jesus is the ‘true light, which gives light to everyone‘ (John 1:9) and that this ‘… light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ (John 1:5)

What good news!

His death was not in vain but in fact defeated ‘death forever’ as prophesied. (Isaiah 25:8)

We would do well to be wise and not foolish.

Kim+

prayer : thank you for Jesus, the light in the darkness

action : shine as a light in this dark world (Philippians 2:15)

now you have received mercy

1 Peter 2:9-10 (ESV)

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

How great it is to receive mercy.

The overwhelming relief. The love and gratitude we then feel in return.

How can we possibly repay our maker? What can we do in return for our redeemer?

Whatever it might be it can never be enough. The debt is too great.

Yet we’re told all our debts to God are forgiven. We are absolved of the need to repay Him.

Leaving us free to serve Him as we ought. With a clear conscience.

As one who is ‘chosen’. One of His ‘people’. Part of His ‘royal priesthood’.

Made ‘holy’ in His sight. And thus set apart for His good purposes.

In part, to show grace and mercy to others.

And what better way than by sharing our faith through ‘proclaiming’ His ‘excellencies’.

Kim+

prayer : may I fully appreciate the gift of ‘light’ and my rescue from ‘darkness’

action : help me to ‘proclaim’ boldly and faithfully

why is light given to him who is in misery?

“Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul, who long for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures, who rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they find the grave?” Job 3:20-22 (ESV)

Job’s pain is so palpable, his misery so melancholic, it hurts just to read this passage.

His loss, his anguish, his sorrow, his torment.

As humans we often dwell on our suffering; throwing curses at God and at Life and at family & friends.

Questioning why?

Why me? Why now? Why this?

Finding a path through suffering is an incredibly hard task when we have no answers.

Full of frustration and anger our emotions threaten to overwhelm us. And our impotence to fix the situation can lead us into despair.

Where there is no rest, no peace.

Our torture continues, only numbed by endless tears and a voice made hoarse by our stream of invectives.

Yet God is sovereign. He is in control. Total control.

And whilst we may not understand the why of our suffering. We can accept God’s care for us.

“It is for discipline that you have to endure.” (Hebrews 12:7)

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

These are reassuring words during times of turmoil.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with lamenting.

Jesus did it in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:36) and again on the cross (Psalm 22).

Yet He displayed His complete trust in God. Showing obedience even unto death (Philippians 2:8).

A lamentation is a heart-felt testimony to the world that evil does not belong.

Kim+

prayer : thank you God that you listen to our laments and care for us as your children

action : don’t be afraid to lament, learning from the example of Jesus