“Arise, shine for your light has come” (Is.60:1)
You would almost think that the writer Jude was speaking of the day we live in. “I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude1:3). As in his day, there is an attack upon the Christian church and upon the foundations of our common faith. The family, defined in Genesis 1-2 as a man and woman, is increasingly being undermined. Our children are under pressure to conform to agendas that are unbiblical and unhealthy. Pastors are being jailed, churches shuttered and voices silenced as they seek not only to shepherd the flock but declare the glory of the Risen Lord. Governments, who seldom reflect Christian values, actively promote agendas that are often self-serving. Left leaning media outlets propagate lies and twist truths to satisfy their liberal bedfellows. Cynicism abounds as pundits declare the death of the church, eager to drive the final nail in the coffin.
Make no mistake about it, that ancient serpent still seeks “to steal, kill and destroy” (Jn.10:10).
Any student of church history, and especially the history of revivals, will see clearly this same pattern repeated over and over again. Vital Christianity wanes, sin seems to abound everywhere, church attendance is on a decline, and “everyone does what is right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:23). “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Rom.3:18). “The darkness seems to cover the earth and deep darkness the people” (Is.60:2). And then the Book of Acts happens all over again as the Spirit is poured out afresh and revival sweeps once more across our land. “The light comes and the glory of the Lord rises and His glory is seen upon His people” (Is.60:1-2). People are converted, the church renewed, the sanctity of marriage restored, children nurtured in the ways of the Lord and society again feels the effects of “salt and light”.
“Make no mistake about it, Jesus is Lord and every knee will bow”
How should you respond in these days? What would be God’s will for you, when all seems dark? “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks”. (I Thess. 5:16-18).
The best is yet to be!