WHAT IS LEFT OF THE NIGHT?
Now it is night above ground. It feels as if the darkness penetrates more and more. We hear and see horrifying news in the media: people fleeing from their home country, refugees in overcrowded boats, hundreds of people walking along the roads, atrocities, such as the IS performs, climate change with severe hurricanes and brodsø, and now recent years, infectious diseases . What will be the end of it all and when?
Isaiah prophesied the following: ““Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?” The watchman replies, “Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again.””
Isaiah 21.11 to 12 NIV
These are the contractions before Jesus returns. The contractions become more frequent and intense before the child comes into the world, and so it is in the end times. Thus we should not expect that everything will be as before.
BUT, let's not forget the carry in life's equation, JESUS. He makes all the difference. Darkness has had its history in the Old Testament, then the people of Israel were slaves in Egypt. The Lord sent 10 plagues against the Egyptians, and one of these plagues was darkness: “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.”
Exodus 10.21 to 23 NIV
The Israelis lived and worked in bright sunlight, and the same Jesus promises here. He says the following: “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””
John 8.12 NIV
“See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”
Isaiah 60.2 NIV
No shortsightedness helps for life's challenges. We must mean it seriously and invite Jesus into our heart. There we are completely safe. Read all of Psalm 91, all promises are to you.