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Deb Weaver
Are You Daunted By This Present Darkness? Let Us Step Forward With the Light.
by The Word Weaver, Deb on May 17th, 2018

​As a child, I was terrified of the dark.  The familiar sights cloaked in darkness took on a sinister quality.  Sounds amplified.  Fears multiplied. 

My body laid stiff in my bed, every nerve standing at attention and waiting for the signal to dash.  My overwrought imagination galloped with a headless horseman at the helm while my heart kept pace.

I cowered in the dark.  Longing for light.  Looking for light.

Decades later, darkness is still not my favorite thing. 

​And yet…

The darkness is deepening.  

We don’t have to look much further than our own hearts, thoughts, and lives to see the marked increase of: sin and selfishness, confusion and callousness, or hurt and hatred.

Though I am not surprised by the increasing intensity of these dark days, my soul feels the crushing weight of it and the pain it causes. 

My heart grieves over:
  • Deep division and aggressive disagreement annihilating kindness or civil discourse
  • Pain and anger erupting into violent acts of retribution
  • The smothering, paralyzing effects of anxiety, depression, and insecurity leading to increased fear and instability
  • Self-hatred, suicide, and shame snuffing out life
  • The understanding of marriage, identity, and purpose not only being twisted in the opposite direction of biblical teaching but also being relabeled as wholesome or good.
  • Sexual immorality and abuse poisoning and wrecking lives
  • A growing number of individuals who are crippled by agonizing confusion over their gender.  They do not know who they are and do not realize that they were created by Love on purpose, for purpose. 

Pain is reverberating.  Sin is enslaving.  Repercussions are sobering and fearsome.

Night is only beginning.

We desperately need the Light. 

​Good News:

The Light has dawned.

Christ Jesus proclaimed, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, NIV)

We, the followers of Jesus—the Church—carry this potent source of light.  We are cleansed and indwelt by the Light—the Spirit of the Resurrected, Living God. 

His truth, grace, and power transforms us from the inside out, spilling more hope and light to those around us.  
Scripture John 1:5/ The Light Shines in the Darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

​Equip us, O God!

​I am keenly aware of how we have failed to follow our Savior.  We have sinned again and again.  We have wounded the hurting and the lost by: 
  • saying one standard and living another
  • slapping down pat answers
  • shouting arrogant, hateful proclamations
  • reacting in fear
  • demanding outer compliance of righteousness without offering the tools for inner transformation
  • judging in silence
  • ignoring and rejecting those who are different
  • refusing to listen compassionately
  • failing to speak life-giving truth
  • withholding grace and love

We must repentSeek God with all of our hearts.  Walk in faith, dependence, and obedience. 

We desperately need the Lord to change and equip us for His glory, for our world, for this day.  

​Hope for those of us who are daunted by the darkness & the challenging task ahead: 

​Even though we carry the power and presence of the Almighty God within us, we can tremble at the task. 

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve grown heartsick over the pain and sin of myself, of the Church, and of the world.  I’ve cried out to God, “Lord, the darkness is smothering the light.  We need You to change and equip us.  How will we do what You’ve called us to do?”
 
God has tenderly and kindly met me in my distress and doubt. 

He’s nourished me in His Word.  He's reminded me that darkness cannot overtake or extinguish the Light (John 1:5)  He's shown me in Matthew 28:16-20 that:  
  • He is worthy of worship
  • He's not repelled by our doubts or fears but speaks into them
  • All authority is His.
  • It's in His authority and by His command that we go and make disciples, baptizing and teaching them to obey.
  • He will not leave us to fend this culture on our own.  He's with us.  He will not forsake or leave us.  He'll be with us to the end of the age.  No matter how dark it gets.  No matter how hard it is.  No matter how messy it feels. He is here.  

What comfort!  What strength!  What hope!

He does equip us.  He cleanses and changes us.  We are not alone.  

​Our Next Step

​How do we proceed in this darkness?
  • Admit that it’s dark out.  Acknowledge before the Lord that we’re uncomfortable, unsure, and overwhelmed.  Let’s surrender our fears.
  • Stand still and look to the Light, fixing our eyes on Him.
  • Allow the light to shine, first in us.  We are called to be holy as God is holy.  We must repent and obey.  Let’s ask:  Am I giving God access to every shadowy corner of my thoughts, of my life?  Am I excusing my sin?  Do I trust that His way is best?  Obedience matters.
  • Seek to love the people in our path.  We must rely on God’s strength and power as we compassionately care about the person and unwaveringly share truth and grace in love. 

Rebekah Lyons, at the 2018 IF Gathering, said, “We need to get comfortable in the darkness because we carry the light.  There is nothing beyond the power of our Living God.”

Christine Caine urged, “We don’t have another choice.  There is no other plan.  This is the generation and the culture in which we have been planted.  This is the one life we are given.  There is no greater urgency than this mission of living and declaring our salvation and the transforming truth of Jesus.  We must learn to take the gospel to the world without watering it down or without apologizing for truth.”
Courage to take the next step as we carry & share the Light/ blog post by The Word Weaver
​We do it one faithful step in front of the other, humbly reliant upon the Word and the Spirit of the Living God and immersed in love. 

The gospel mission—Life-saving, Life-giving, Life-changing—and our part in it, is of utter importance. 

​Putting the urgency of the mission before our comfort:

​Throughout The Tale of Despereaux, the little mouse, has overcome so many obstacles.  He’s escaped the rats and terrors in the dungeon.  He’s finally begun to: value who he is, recognize how vital his role is in life, and pursue the quest without regard to the opinions of others. 

Then in the climax, there’s this powerful moment that resonates deeply within me:

This tiny, timid mouse with the lion-sized heart stands staring back down into the mouth of the dungeon.  He knows what he has to do.  He must return to help rescue the princess.

Counting each step downward into the darkness, he realizes that he’s preparing to leave the light and safety of the palace to face anew the tangible, terrible darkness of the dungeon. 

The sheer impossibility of the task before him starts to overwhelm, frighten, and paralyze him.  In this moment, he’s rooted to the spot and trembling. 

Desperately he wants to retreat and knows that he can’t.  Desperately, he wants to charge forward and knows that he can’t, but he must.  He deeply knows that the quest—no matter how ridiculously impossible and overwhelmingly difficult—is of utter significance to the Kingdom as well as to him personally. 

He must step forward even if he faces defeat or death or more pain.  

And then he does.

​This is our moment.

Light is most needed and radiates most effectively in the darkness.  Our fears and our comfort are secondary to our part in the Savior's quest to seek and save the lost.

Our mission awaits.  Will you lift high the Light and go with me?
​Matthew 5:14-16
Matthew 28:16-20
Luke 19:10
John 1:4-5
John 8:12
Acts 26:16-18
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
Ephesians 1:4
Ephesians 5:8-9
Ephesians 6:10-20
Colossians 1:12-15
2 Timothy 3
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