One Little Word

 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness. And the Spirit of God was hovering over its surface. Then God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light." Genesis 1:1-3....."Never mistake the presence of darkness for the absence of God." Kyle Dendy

 

One translation of the above Scripture says that "God hovered over the chaos." Chaos. Darkness. Two words that seem an apt description of the current western culture; economically, politically, spiritually. More, I think they are an on target description of what many people are experiencing in their lives today. Chaos and darkness. How much of both might you be experiencing in your life today?

The above quote from Kyle Dendy comes from an 18 year old young man with a spiritual depth beyond his years. Oh that we would have such perception. How many of us when confronted with the darkness and chaos that is so often a part of life, have as our first reaction the attitude that the Lord has left us? That He has departed and left us alone. The disciples, out in the middle of the lake in the storm certainly thought it of Christ. So often it's the middle stage of our journey where we feel most tempted to give in to that thought and attitude. We see the darkness and chaos. It's all we see. So we do not see Him walking to us in the midst of it all. On top of the very "waves," the circumstances we are sure will drown us. Or we see Him, but don't recognize Him at all. We think He comes to us as an even greater threat than the darkness itself. We cease to believe that He is Light that pierces the deepest darkness. That He is Light greater than any and all darkness. The words from Luther's great hymn come to mind; "The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for Him. His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him." The Father in Christ has many such words. All of them infinitely powerful. "Light, Peace," Joy,.....Life" He speaks, and it is so. It was so at the moment of creation, and it is so right now. Darkness is never darkness to the One who is pure Light.

Life for you and me can seem to be an endless experience of walking through a neverending mass of emptiness cloaked in darkness. He is there no matter what our natural senses tell us, but only our spiritual sense will know it. He is hovering over it all, but not as some uninvolved spectator. He is working, speaking, moving. He speaks Light and Life, and the dark, formless mass can do nothing but recede before Him. One little word. That's all it takes. He speaks it now for you, for me, for us. Can we hear Him? Do we dare to believe Him?

Blessings,
Pastor O

 

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