As believers, we don’t walk in the darkness.
God’s light of love, grace and peace shines on us day and night.
Unless we make a choice to move into the darkness.
It’s always our choice.
Yet, even in the darkness, God is waiting for us to choose to move back into his light.
We are never separated from his love.
But it can feel like it.
It can feel like we’re all alone in the darkness.
It can feel like God’s not there when we are paying the consequences for things we’ve done when we’ve strayed.
That’s how it feels, but it’s not the truth.
As we read through the plagues God brought upon Egypt, I start feeling a little sick.
Hoards of bugs.
Fields of dead animals.
A river of blood.
And then there was the plague of darkness. A darkness so deep that it was ‘felt’.
Have you ever ‘felt’ darkness like that?
The closest I ever got to that feeling was camping out on a side of a road on the top of a mountain in a forest outside of Flagstaff. After we turned off our lanterns and put out the campfire, the trees and clouds covered the moon and it was hard to see my hand in front of my face.
I ‘felt’ the deep darkness.
It makes me question the popular view that hell is full of fire and heat. That night I wondered if hell could be more like this….. black…. cold….nothing. Complete separation from the Light.
Total darkness covered all of Egypt for 3 days.
But then we read that God shown his light down on where the Israelites lived!
The Egyptians were living in this deepest darkness while the Israelites living next to them had light.
I imagine giant spotlights shining down from heaven just where the Israelites lived.
And that is how we, as believers, live today. God’s spotlight of love and grace and truth shines down on us each day.
When we choose God, we choose to live in his light.
Thank you for the wonderful gift of your light, Abba Father.