Half an hour before sunrise the sky lights up with some colours sometimes. If you are not watching at those few minutes you could easily miss it, but it happens and sometimes this small display of colour is wondrous and unusual. This morning was no exception as the orange creeped up like tentacles reaching into the sky, and shortly after reaching up they disappeared only to be replaced with a plain sky before the sun suddenly came over the horizon and dazzled everything in its path.
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
When God shines His light on something it appears in our world to be evident and clear to be from God. The more I journey with God, the clearer this becomes, like He is shining more and more light onto my situation and the dim darkness I lived in becomes even more clearer.
Countless times today God has shined, not just to highlight how I should act but to actually reprimand me.
Just as I was about to be selfish today the words of John 3:16 appeared at random,
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Then another message, then another. All from random places; a misplaced picture, and person walking past, animals, nature. How can we sin or even think about sinning, turning against God when He has laid His very life down for each of us?
When John talks about how he has heard Jesus say that God is light and in Him is no darkness, it highlights to me how unclean I am compared to the holiness of God.
John the Baptist was the greatest man alive according to Jesus. John stated that he wasn’t even worthy to tie the sandal straps of the Lord’s feet, a job usually left to servants or slaves. If John the Baptist is not worthy then I am surely miles down the ladder of unworthiness.
“I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’
Our duty is to clear away the rubbish, the stuff that gets in the way of the Lord. We need to be that voice, even questioning things we have always thought of as useful. Christian festivals can be good, but media and the devil has taken over some aspects of them.
Christmas seems more about santa claus and getting into debt than the birth of Christ.
Easter seems more about eggs and bunnies than about the humble sacrifice of Christ and his awesome defeat of death.
Halloween seems about monsters and evil rather than prayers for those suffering on all hallows eve, and many other points of our faith are being taken for a ride and transformed by the devils devious design.
Let us be the voice that clears away the clutter;
Talk about Jesus to anyone that asks, if this gets you into trouble because it is against what is expected then accept what trials are thrown at you.
Stand up for the Christian faith and offer an alternative to the secular death of the soul.
One thing is certain in that John the Baptist was in the desert and for a lot of the time he may have been alone, but he made a huge difference when people saw he was telling the truth from within, the Holy Spirit was with him, and the Lord came to him.
Even John the baptist under went extreme hardship and death for the Lord, we should be prepared to do the same. The world may be against us, and in these end times it seems that the world is closing in, but we should be of good cheer, have courage and speak out for the Lord.
I thank you for your reprimand and your sacrifice for us,
Who are we that you the creator will continually stay with us,
let us all stand out and be the voice of one calling in the desert,
‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’