This morning began with an overwhelming burden on my heart…
It was this “new kind of realization” –an undeniable awareness of just how dark the darkness is in our world.
I can’t even begin to describe this burden that I felt this morning, but I took it before the Lord and talked with Him about it.
After a bit, I looked over and my bible was opened up to Ecclesiastes — actually to chapters 8 and 9.
Solomon was pondering some of the same kind of things I was pondering and sorting through.
The darkness is very dark –darker than I can comprehend.
This burden was too heavy for me this morning, so I prayed until it lifted. It was a good kind of a burden, by the way –a burden for the purpose of prayer.
But I realized this morning (perhaps because I’ve recognized it within my own self) just how easy it can be for us, to be consumed with our own lives. Just how easy it can be for us to be so consumed with our own selves. Leaving no room for anything or anybody else…
How easy it can be to just tune it all out, at least for some of us, for those of us who aren’t living in the middle of it.
But I also know this…
Jesus is the Light of the world.
He came to heal the broken hearted. He’s drawn to broken hearts.
Our God is aware of it all –all the mess, all that hides in darkness. He always has been. Yes, He’s doing something about it.
He now lives in us, and we can do the things He came to do, the things that are on His heart to be done.
“For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.” – Colossians 1:27
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” -Psalm 34:18
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” -Psalm 147:3
How does Jesus do this? He does it through you, and through me. He does it in many different ways, different forms, we all have different parts to play.
Oh God, forgive us for being so consumed with ourselves. Forgive us for not giving enough prayer, enough thought, enough time, enough of — whatever it might be to being that “light” in the dark darkness of this world. A light that exposes, a light that brings awareness, a light that brings hope. Help us to radiate that kind of light, help us to be the church body that You need us to be.
“When all has been heard, the end of the matter is: fear God [worship Him with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is almighty God] and keep His commandments, for this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, every hidden and secret thing, whether it is good or evil.” -Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Amplified Bible