Resurrected Living
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Waiting on the Dawn

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“It’s always darkest before the dawn.” Florence and the Machine

“By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.” (Luke 1:78-79)

When we are young, we have a certain idea about how the world should be. We have dreams about what life will be like when we grow older. A lot of times these ideas and dreams come from television or movies. Our understanding of life is heavily shaped by a two-hour drama that contains a certain amount of conflict, but everything works out in the end. What we learn as we grow older is that the flickering pixels that come across our TV screens are often unrealistic. They do not always present an accurate picture of what life is and how we should live it.

Life is not always exciting. It is often monotonous. We do the same things and visit the same places day in and day out. Life can be painful and even dark. Anyone who has lived long enough has had a brush with darkness. Some of us live in the darkness while others simply dabble in it, but it is always present, and it is real. The people living in the first century understood how dark the world could be. They were being oppressed by a foreign nation. They were heavily taxed. Their leaders were corrupt, and they had not heard from God in several hundred years. It is in these circumstances that Zechariah speaks these words of hope.

“By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.” (Luke 1:78-79)

This is one of the greatest promises we find in the Bible. Because God is so merciful, the dawn will break, and he will give light to people sitting in darkness and to people who are surrounded by death. God alone is able to do this. He is able to bring light to the darkest moments of our lives. He is able to step into our darkness and make it better. This is the God we serve. He cares about us. He understands the difficulties of life. He knows the troubles we face and he has promised a light at the end of the darkness.

I don’t know what you are going through in your life, but I do know that as long as you are a follower of Jesus, darkness will not have the last word. The darkness will not have victory. It will not overcome. Light is always stronger than darkness, and this is what God has promised us. If you are surrounded by darkness, do not give up. Remember this promise in the Gospel of Luke and trust in the God of the Universe to provide the light you need in these troublesome times.

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