"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: January 8

",,, we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men" ~ Isaiah 59:9b, 10
How can this be if Jesus Christ has come a light unto the world? He has come. Make no mistake about that. He is here. Now. The Bible is filled with reports of His Presence. With guarantees of His Presence. But, as with everything else within the depth and height and breadth of this greatest Book, the promise of the Light of His Presence is not ours until we take it by faith for ourselves. We do grope for the wall like the blind. We do grope as if we had no eyes. We do stumble at noon day as in the night. We are waiting for light as though Christ had not yet come. He has come. And we can stop "beholding obscurity" the very instant we lay hold of the fact of His Presence by faith. He is here right now. If you are still beholding only obscurity, realize that He said He would never leave us and as you go on about your day's activities, you will begin to realize (when you least expect it) that the "darkness is past and the true light now shineth." Even if you don't feel anything, go on about your day, claiming His Presence every time a shadow crosses your mind. "By faith we are saved" from beholding "obscurity." "By faith we are saved" from the unnecessary moods of darkness. Take His Presence and begin to practice it --- by faith. As always, we have His Word for it:
"I am come a light unto the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness."

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