Today’s Scripture: Jeremiah 7-10
“I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” – Hebrews 6:14
A lot of people look around today and feel like Jeremiah did nearly three thousand years ago. As he watched the moral and spiritual decline of his country, Jeremiah wondered if anything could be done to heal the sin of his people and prevent the judgment of God. Had the darkness become so great that it could not be overcome? Could the condition of the people be set right? The answer to the latter question was yes, and that’s the answer for us today. Something can be done about the darkness if we’re willing to let the work begin in and through us.
Every year a few weeks before Christmas, we have a candlelighting service in our church. The entire sanctuary is dark except for one candle at the front. As a few people light their candles from that one, and then pass the flame to the candles around them, the entire sanctuary is lighted. To me, it’s a beautiful picture of God’s plan for conquering the spiritual darkness of the world.
In Jeremiah 9:24, we read: “‘But let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.”
You see, we get the light for our candle from knowing the Lord Himself. And the greatest thing we can do for our world is to share that light with others, one at a time. So don’t be discouraged or frustrated by the darkness of the world around you. Thank God that He has given you the light, and pass it on.
Lord, help me to realize my influence on the darkness around me. Amen.
One of the most deadly attitudes among Christians today is that their little flame of light doesn’t matter.