In the Dark

08/29/2008

"Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water
for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did
not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing
my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.
Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much.
But he who has been forgiven little loves little." Luke 5:44-47 (NLT)

The world seems oblivious to the darkness, and so much of the world seems uninterested in the Light of Jesus—maybe that’s because they think that Jesus is for the weak and the sick, the hurt and the lame, the wounded and the bleeding. The thing is, they’re right about that. The Light of Jesus is for those who acknowledge that there is a need of Him. Those who know they are broken. Those who acknowledge their sin. Those who need and want help from above. We have to admit the hole of darkness in our soul before we are able to receive the Light that will fill it. When we do, Jesus will comfort us like no one else on earth can. In Him we’ll find forgiveness beyond what we have ever known, and enjoy a Love that covers all.

Some destruction in life seems beyond repair. Some devastation seems to bring a pain that will never end, and there are losses that hold tears enough to fill an ocean. But our Great God, our Creator, the Giver of life and death, knows how to heal our wounds. He knows how to dry our tears. He knows how to relieve our pain. He has all the supplies needed, and when we reach out to Jesus and ask for His help, we will receive it. When we rest in the arms of our Savior, we will be comforted.

If we put our suffering on a scale, it will seem to far outweigh anything God could ever do to make things better. To survive, and later thrive, we have to talk about what God is able to do—the One True Living God of the Universe. We have to focus on what He alone is capable of. We have to get to know Who we serve, and begin to understand how powerful He is to help us. We have to realize just how small and weak the enemy is compared to our Lord. If God can’t do it, then who? Without God we are all hopeless, so we might as well give it up to Him and believe. He truly is our only Hope!

We are made whole when we know Jesus Christ as our Savior. No matter what we are going through, or how we have been wounded, or who or what we are missing in our lives on earth, we can be whole. Our wholeness has nothing to do with this world and the conditions we are in—although it seems to have everything to do with it—even so, we can know that our wholeness comes from Christ alone, the Son of God. It’s a wholeness that can be seen in the darkest dark—it’s the Light of Jesus shining into our emptiness that makes us complete. Our Father knows everything we are going through, and He has a plan. The enemy wants us to think it’s all one big huge mistake! We have a Rescuer! “Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man's behalf!” Psalm 66:5 (NIV) When we have been there, in the dark, we realize the cost, and just how priceless Jesus’ love is in our lives. Whatever it is, when we look for God in it, we will find Him there.