Silver Lining

Published on Feb 11th, 2015 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Silver Lining

Silver Lining

I watched the news the other day.  I then read some newspapers.  After all of that I grabbed my Christian news magazine and read that.  Pretty depressing stuff.  It is not just the wars and rumors of wars, it is not just the issues and problems that we face…it is the lack of common sense answers to all of these problems.  Our leaders do not have any answers, and I believe that even they know that…they are just trying to avoid having the inevitable crash during their administration.  Then I read the quote below and the Spirit spoke words of encouragement and hope in my heart.  The quote is from a man named Malcolm Muggeridge.  He was an agnostic social commentator from the 1960’s who then came to faith in Christ.

“Let us then as Christians rejoice as we see around us on every hand the decay of the institutions and instruments of power, see intimations of empires falling to pieces, money in total disarray, dictators and parliamentarians alike nonplussed by the confusion and conflicts which encompass them.  For it is precisely when every earthly hope has been explored and found wanting, when every possibility of help from earthly sources has been sought and is not forthcoming, when every recourse this world offers, moral as well as material, has been explored to no effect, when in the shivering cold the last twig has been thrown on the fire and in the gathering darkness every glimmer of light has finally flickered out, it’s then that Christ’s hand reaches out sure and firm.  Then Christ’s words bring inexpressible comfort, then his light shines brightest, abolishing darkness forever.”

This quote reminded me of Philippians 2:15,16 – “that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life…”  As we live, hold fast, and speak the words of God, we are used by him to be shining lights in a dark world.  What we need to remember is that until God opens the spiritual eyes of the people around us they will only see darkness.  God may use the lack of answers by those who lead to draw those in darkness to himself and then that light we have been shining will be used by him to light up a dark heart.

Think about this.  It is not as if the light of Christ ever dulls or ceases to shine.  The issue is always the heart and spiritual blindness of man.  Our role, as believers who have been given light, is to make sure that we do not hide our lights under a bushel.  Our lights can be dulled by our lack of obedience of holding fast to the word of life.  It is easy to get discouraged by the constant barrage of darkness.  Our grip on the word of life, Jesus, may be strong but our grip on his words may be slipping.  We may begin to see Dr. Phil making more sense in our culture than the words of Jesus.  The words of Jesus may seem so out of touch with what allows us to survive in a crooked and twisted world.  To live holy will just allow others to trample us or to set us so far apart from culture that we compromise on the words of life.

Eventually though, the cultural words that sounded so loudly will be found wanting and empty.  There will be no hope there.  The price will eventually have to be paid because darkness always brings destruction.  Will we be shining brightly with the word of life?  Will our lives be a beacon that points to the only one who is able to give hope?  When that co-worker finally comes to the end will they turn to you, the one they may have trampled on, because they see your light shining brightly in the darkness?

Here is what I was reminded of…because of Jesus, because he is the word of life, we win.  Everything else leads to death.  The darkness may seen vast and ever approaching but Christ’s light will always break through and overcome that darkness.  Shine your light today and pray that God opens someone’s eyes to see your beacon.

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