The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5
Our enemy knows that God is Light. He was once an archangel in heaven and saw the brilliance of the glory of the Godhead. For much of eternity, he trembled and led the angels in worship. Was God’s light so bright that he often had to look away? We don’t know but one thing is for sure ~ he bowed in worship and led others to do the same before his appetite for power and autonomy corrupted him.
Since Satan has seen God’s brilliance, and since he knows that Light overcomes darkness, why does he wage all-out war to wear out the saints? And he shall speak great words against the most High and shall wear out the saints of the most High. Daniel 7:25
Doesn’t he know that God’s children will tap into the ‘surpassing power of God’s greatness to all who believe?” (Ephesians 1:19)
Doesn’t he know that we are well aware that victory over him was declared at Calvary? (Hebrews 12:14)
Doesn’t he know that we have read the scriptures and we celebrate that he was paraded in defeat and humiliation before the whole spirit world? (Colossians 2:15)
Doesn’t he know that we take notice of the gift of God’s armor and put it on? (Ephesians 6)
Isn’t he aware that Paul calls it the ‘armor of Light’? (Romans 13:12)
Hasn’t he learned that we are aware of both our powerlessness in the flesh and our invincibility in the power of the name of Jesus?
Yes, he knows! But he counts on the fact that, in times of distress, we will not stop to take stock of what is true about God, about His provisions and His promises. Today is a day for our family to lean into God’s grace, asking Him for the courage to continue to trust His providence and promises. This is the second year anniversary of our son’s suicide. At 3:00 a.m. on this day two years ago, we answered a knock at the door that brought traumatic news the likes of which we’d never experienced. Ron heard the news first, then came and sat on the couch with me. He said, “This is the worst night of our lives.” And it was.
The feelings were both numbing and overwhelming. And on days like today, Satan counts on us caving into our overwhelming feelings. He knows how hard it is to exercise faith in the throes of pain and distress. He knows that our instinctive reactions to the memories of traumatic events involve emotions first, then thoughts. He knows that by wearying us with battle after battle, we just might succumb to disillusionment and distrust of our Father. What is the alternative?
Oh, we can choose to believe that hardship is an opportunity to flex new faith muscles. We can know that it’s possible to sing through our tears. When drowning under the sea of trouble, we can rely on the surpassing power of God’s greatness. We can don our armor and put-on Christ. We can take the Light of the world into our fears, into the darkness of unbelief, into the chasm of sleeplessness, and into the worst of our ‘what ifs’ to discover that a foundation in Christ is solid as a Rock. In the darkest moments of today, there is still light. Our son is worshipping at the feet of Jesus.
The world shakes but You, Lord, are unshakeable. Amen