And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
and deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Here it is again, that sharp contrast between darkness and light. Doesn't it perfectly describe what we see everywhere? Darkness, 'deep darkness,' blinding and crippling and imprisoning people everywhere. Hopeless, helpless, and desperate—that's what darkness produces. How that must have grieved the heart of the Father to see those created in His image and intended for kingdom-sharing to be so destroyed.
But He had a plan! Jesus, because He saw our need and subjected Himself to our 'deep darkness,' can now share His glory with us, on us, over us! Restore to us the privilege of Kingdom living; a glory and light so real as to be seen by others. The 'increase of His kingdom' we read about yesterday is echoed here, His light rising upon us just like the sun in the morning.
How astonishingly blessed we are! Today may you sense in a new way the freedom that His glory is upon you. And if you find yourself in 'deep darkness,' cry out to Him. He came for you.