Light in the darkness
Hello again everyone. Last week we looked at a man who had a vision of Jesus in the last book of the Bible. This Sunday we are going to look at a man called Abraham who also had a wonderful experience of meeting Jesus when all seemed dark but this is from the first book of the Bible in Genesis chapter 15.
Are you afraid of the dark? I know sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night it can be a bit scary. You wonder where you are? Is anything hiding in the dark?
It’s nice to have the light on, or a candle or a torch. It can give us comfort and help show the way.
About four thousand years ago a man called Abraham was sitting in a deep and dreadful darkness.
He had tried to follow God as best he could but all he could see was darkness and sorrow. In fact God showed him that some horrible things were going to happen to his people and that they would even be slaves for 400 years. How awful! Imagine having a dream like that!
But God also promised him that these difficult times would end, evil had a limit, and that in the end, when it was over all would be well and that they would all be free and have all they needed.
(v 12- 16)
To show that this would really happen a blazing torch and fire lit up the darkness and God made an unbreakable promise to Abraham that all would be well in the end and that pain and suffering and death are only allowed a limited time and influence in this world.
Over two thousand years later Jesus said
“I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8 v 12 )
I believe that He himself was the blazing light that shone through the darkness and so encouraged Abraham all those years ago. I believe that because of his death and resurrection God’s great promise of life and hope remains sure and our troubles and darkness do not last forever.
Let us pray:
Thank you Jesus that you are the light of the world.
Shine your love deep into my heart today and give me faith to know that in the end even the darkest night will be over and all shall be well.