2 Peter 1:19 We couldn’t be more sure of what we saw and heard—God’s glory, God’s voice. The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it. It’s the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your hearts. (MSG)
Many of these devotionals were written early in the morning before the day gets going. I usually begin by making a fresh pot of coffee. I have a great memory of being at the kitchen sink and hearing what sounded like a bird chirping convention outside. It was still dark out so I couldn’t see anything but I could sure hear them. The first thought through my mind was a statement about faith that I have written in the front of my Bible.
“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings while the dawn is still dark” (Tagore). There are a couple things about this experience that really blessed me. The first was to experience something entirely normal – birds chirping when it’s dark out – and my mind immediately going to a statement about faith.
The second blessing in the experience was the reminder to respond in faith even though things might seem dark – not evil, just reflecting our inability to see. Those things or situations we’re praying for or waiting for God’s intervention / provision haven’t happened yet, but this experience refocused my mind and heart upon the faithfulness of Jesus. No matter what happens – or doesn’t happen – God is faithful.
In terms of the statement above, our attitudes and actions can reflect a belief that the ‘dawn’ is never coming; darkness is here to stay. We become ‘me’ oriented, centered in disappointment rather than keeping our focus on the Lord. I love the faith response of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to Nebuchadnezzar,
17 “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:17, 18
“But even if he does not…” WOW! Isn’t that powerful!!! Our faith is in our God, no matter how ‘dark’ things might be. Our faith is not predicated upon Him rescuing us. Whatever He has for us or allows to come, our faith is in Him.
Let’s also remember Paul and Silas, in the Macedonian jail, in the middle of the night, having been beaten and flogged; they were “praying and singing hymns to God”. Another WOW!!! Our focus is upon Jesus. He enables us to sing praises to Him, in the midst of darkness because He is the light of our lives.