Day 282 – When Darkness Reigns
On: August 9, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour – when darkness reigns.” Luke 22:47-53

Time seemed to stand still in Gethsemane. Now, the plot suddenly bursts forward, and everything happens all at once: betrayal, retribution, miraculous healing, arrest.

Jesus, having reconciled Himself to what must happen, stands in the centre of it all, strangely in control of everything. He is not just in control as the good times roll; He calmly calls the shots “when darkness reigns”.

As His follower, I too can take that bold position. But only once, as Jesus did, I have battled through the darkness in the presence of the Father. I spoke yesterday of the despondency (darkness, in its own small way) that came upon me as I realised the disproportionate consequence of a small mistake. Today, having held on to God in the frustration of it all, solutions, albeit at a cost, have crystallised in my mind as the darkness has cleared.

I’ve shared previously that I have been trying to support a close friend through cancer. Things have deteriorated quite rapidly. Having wept tears with her and grappled with it all, I have learned a lot about how to hold onto God when all around seems dark. Now I find myself in a place where I have empathy to engage with others that I have since been speaking to, who are also trying to make sense of loved ones battling cancer.

Suffering, great and small, is part of human experience. It can engulf us – in our own life and those close to us – unless we trustingly take hold of the Father, and allow ourselves to be led by Him. That done, we are equipped to come out on the other side, radiating His light in the darkness.

Prayer:

Father God, keep me from avoiding dark places to protect my own comfort. Give me courage to boldly stand, and grant Your presence in me to radiate light that dispels the darkness. Amen

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