Devotional 5: Saturday September 5
NEED FOR LIGHT IN THE MIDST OF DISORDER.
“2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:2-3 (KJV)
God always moves in the midst of every chaotic situation. We can see that in the beginning, God’s first order was to create the light in the midst of disorder, and these days, that is what the Lord wants to do in our lives. For many believers, these have been difficult times. During quarantine, we didn’t have the option to go out and be distracted by life’s desires. Being in that situation, there was nothing left but for us to confront ourselves.
To understand that only the power of God's word gives us the authority to put our lives in order. In the midst of chaos, we can declare a word that gives light to any negative circumstance.
Perhaps those who do not always pray, out of fear began to pray and speak with the Father. During that time of prayer, while being locked up, we realized that there were areas in our lives that were in chaos and disorder - things we didn't want to give up, habits or attitudes that were hidden and we didn't have the courage to face. I believe that this has been a time of process, for us to be in the desert. We may have felt as if there is no end to this process and this could deter us from going through our desert and back to our disorder and chaos.
God wants to prepare us in order to use us as a powerful instrument in these times, and He is the only one who can make light in the darkness. The whole earth is in chaos, and we are the chosen ones to bring forth the truths of God. It may not be the most pleasant time of your life, but there is a purpose in this whole process. And I want to encourage you to keep moving forward amid the chaos.
- The desert is necessary to give birth to your calling.
Our Lord himself went through this. After being baptized, he had to go through the process of the desert to fully begin his ministry. It is in the desert where the Holy Spirit empowers you and gives you new authority.
“14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. 15 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”" Luke 4:14-19
- No obstacle will prevent his light from entering our lives
“For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you." Isaiah 60:2
No matter how thick darkness may be, the light of the Lord will always come to your life. The enemy wants your life to be in chaos, confusion and defeat. But when the light of our Lord shines on us, we will rise from the dead! We have to understand that this is the time to shine in the darkness, because the Lord also wants to use us as an instrument to raise the dead.
- You have to shine the light of Christ to manifest his good works.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” 1 Peter 2: 9
Always remember the purpose for which the Lord brought you out of chaos! You were born at the perfect time to be chosen as a light in the midst of all darkness present on earth. Everything we do is for the glory of our Lord, to show that in his word there is an answer to our disorder, that we must not trust in man, but in the Lord, who is the only answer.
Published on Saturday, September 5, 2020 @ 4:15 AM CDT