Even in Darkness Light Dawns
As I mature in Christ it continually fascinates and challenges me how God's ways are not my ways, nor His thoughts my thoughts. And truly, that is probably a good thing for everyone concerned. He tells us to love our enemies, to rejoice in persecution, to pray for those who come against us. Even as I strive to take on the mind-of-Christ, God often proves He is the one in charge by answering my prayers in a manner I would not have anticipated or predicted.
So, given the disparity between God's ways and our own, how should we respond to the culturally and politically tumultuous current state of affairs? What should our priorities be in these trying, frustrating times? Toward that answer, this advice from the Psalmist has captivated me:
Praise the Lord
Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
who find great delight in his commands.
Their children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
-Psalm 112:1-5 (NIV)
For as familiar as the first few verses are, we seldom hear the latter ones. We often stop at "delight in his command" or "wealth and riches" - but truly the greatest treasure comes after this. One of the rarest and most precious commodities on earth is the light of hope, and the peace that comes with it.
How should we respond to these trying times? We should be dripping with grace, abounding in compassion, joyful in our generosity, all built on the foundation of our love for the Lord Jesus Christ and the pursuit of his righteousness. And then our minds should be put at ease in the assurance that, no matter what dark tumult may be at hand, for us light will dawn and God will keep his promises.