The Lord will appear when it is time

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”     (Isaiah 60: 1-3)

It seems that every Christian generation believes that it is facing the ultimate darkness of Satan’s reign over their world. As I have read various historical accounts of Christians standing firm in Christ within their dark world, I have been struck by the similarity of experience that they and I seem to share. They experienced the rapid increase in all things pertaining to Satan and concluded that the second coming must be imminent — for how could things get any worse. Then things did get worse, and still Christ did not returned. In the world today, I can also conclude that the return of Jesus must happen any day now; for the darkness in the world seems more intense than ever before. I believe that the darkness in the lives of people caught up in worldliness may be more complete than in the past; however, the light of God is shining just as bright as it ever has. It is the consistency of God, which must be emphasized. God has not changed! It is simply the retreat of people into dark worldly practices and beliefs, which seems more thorough and complete. It is so easy to focus on the darkness, but as Christians we are to focus on the light — the light of love — the light of Christ within whom we choose to live each day. God is not instructing us to ignore the darkness, to embrace it, or to wage war on the propagators of it; rather he is calling us to patiently let His light shine on us and to let that light shine through us. Christ Jesus will return when the Father decides it is the right time. Until then, we can call upon the Holy Spirit to help our thoughts and actions arise from the light of God, so that His purposes will be humbly fulfilled through us. I pray that God’s light will shine in us according to His plan and pleasure as described in the God inspired words of Isaiah the prophet.