Tuesday, December 17, 2013

No More Gloom

For most of my life I have lived near a great lake (I'll also put my plug in - vacationing along the West Michigan shore of Lake Michigan is worth it!).  Having such an incredible natural resource so close by is absolutely wonderful.  I live about 2 miles away from the Lake Erie shore in Western New York, so it is nice to see the beauty of the lake at any given time.  There is one draw-back for living in the great lakes region...a lot of clouds in the winter.  It is so gloomy in the winter!  We can go for weeks without seeing the sun because the cloud coverage is so thick.  I know that the clouds help keep the heat in, but it really gets hard when all you see is gray in the sky and old, dirty snow on the ground (that's what it looks like in February around here).  You know, there is also a gloom that invades our spiritual lives.  Watching the news, it can get overwhelming when we see how much we hurt each other.  Theft, murder, human trafficking, terrorism, school shootings, and so on just remind us of how much pain this world is in and it would be really easy to allow that to cloud our spiritual thinking.  But, there is prophecy about the Messiah (Jesus) who is like the sun breaking through the gloomy clouds.  He breaks through that spiritual gloom and shines amazing light in our lives.  Please use the link and read some prophecy about Jesus in Isaiah 9:1-7.

Around here, when we have a sunny day in the winter we all get excited.  It may be cold out there, but to see blue sky and sunshine in the middle of winter is a wonderful thing!  That is what I think of when I read Isaiah 9:2 (NIV): "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned."  Verse 1 even tells us in the NIV that there will be no more gloom for those in distress.  I think that even the hope of the Messiah must have been like the sun peeking through the gloomy clouds.  The idea of this great light breaking through all this worldly pain makes me think of what John wrote in John 1:9,14 (NIV) "The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world...The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."  

Did the light come with great trumpet blasts?  That is the crazy thing!  Our Messiah came as a poor, humble little baby.  A baby that was dependent on Mary and Joseph to meet His needs.  This amazing light entered the world not as a king but as a child.  He grew up among us and walked among us full of grace and truth.  This was foretold long before He was born!  To me, I see all the more how much He loves us to humble Himself in that way.  He is our true light and He breaks through the gloom and gives us the light of the great hope we have in Him.

Do you focus on the light of Jesus?

This post is linked with Soli Deo Gloria.

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