How many walls do you build around yourself? One for work, one for questions that are too personal, one for that big-shot who is intimidating. What walls do you build in your relationship to God? Isaiah 59-60 speaks on this:
“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
And your sins have hidden His [a]face from you so that He does not hear.”
The walls we build with sin and rebellion can be suffocating.
“Therefore justice is far from us,
And righteousness does not overtake us;
We hope for light, but behold, darkness,
For brightness, but we walk in gloom.
10 We grope along the wall like blind men,
We grope like those who have no eyes;
We stumble at midday as in the twilight,
Among those who are vigorous we are like dead men.”
Where is the breath of air? Where is the hope? Back in Isaiah 9…
“The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.”
Isaiah 60 continues,
“Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
2 “For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
3 “Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.”
This is God shattering the chains of Hopeful and Christian in the dungeon of Despair. This is Gandalf spearing the enemies at Helms Deep.
“No longer will you have the sun for light by day,
Nor for brightness will the moon give you light;
But you will have the Lord for an everlasting light,
And your God for your [t]glory.”
Revelation 21 speaks of this fulfillment, with God as the light of the world. And this is the future.
For some, the future is now in the past (Back to the Future II). For others, the future is ahead. But how you live in the present will determine your perspective on the future. We know what happens, but you do not know where you will be at that time. How will you write your story to that point?
God, thank You for light that pierces the darkness. Please help me see the walls I put up, and please break them down! God, I need to see the future in a better light so that I wisely walk towards it, in Your timing. Amen.