Recently, I and my wife, as well as many other people in southern Michigan, experienced a power outage. The power was out for a period of 5 days or more for our household, our Church, and so many others across our region of the state. I do not know about any of you, but I can tell for myself that walking around in darkness does not provide a person with a very safe nor comfortable feeling. In fact, until I was able to get the generator going to produce the electricity necessary to get the lights back on, I was somewhat disoriented and unsteady. This is not a place or position I enjoy being in.
The sad part of such a situation like the one above is that it can also enter into a person’s spiritual life. An individual who has known Jesus as their Lord and Savior can get consumed by the darkness of this world and end up stumbling around because the light of Christ has been turned off in their life. The power of the Holy Spirit has been shut out and these people are virtually living and walking in the dark, and are under the black curtain of sin.
In Jesus Christ the people walking in darkness have seen a great light. Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. He also stated in John 12:46, “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness”.
Each day it seems as if the darkness of the sin-filled world we live in gets thicker. The dark clouds of doom and gloom linger lower and lower to the earth’s surface as we see crime run rampant and man’s inhumanity to man get more heinous. Yet, let us not despair for there is a light which no darkness can overcome and it is the bright and glorious light of our resurrected Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Connected to Him we have the power that we need to live in the light which brings joy and hope in the midst of this world and its darkened ways. Shine, Jesus, Shine and illumine the path that leads out of this earthly life and into eternal glory. Pastor McCarty