Prepare Him Room
November 17, 2023
Written By The Chapel
Because of God’s tender mercy, the Morning Light from Heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace. Luke 1:78-79 NLT
There’s something so beautiful about a sunrise. Little by little, darkness retracts, giving way to light. First, we see hues of blue. Then shades of yellow, red, and orange burst onto the scene as that blazing ball of fire breaches the horizon, announcing the dawn of a new day. Even the blackest of nights must surrender. And soon, light is all you see.
In our reading today, God uses a sunrise to paint a prophetic picture of what Jesus’ coming would be like. Like the people of Jesus’ day, we all desperately need light. Darkness pervades our world as we all suffer under the effects of sin and evil. Relationships are fractured, bodies suffer, and societies are in disarray. Even our capacity to hope has been broken. But this isn’t how things will always be.
When Jesus comes into your life, it’s the beginning of the end. He begins pushing back the darkness and will not stop until it is completely gone.
God sees your need. He sees your struggle. And in his tender mercy, he sends his Son to be with you. He loves you and wants to encourage, heal, and rescue you.
For a time, goodness must live alongside evil, and you will experience both at work in your life. But the kingdom of darkness has been put on notice. Its days are numbered. It will not prevail.
Hear the promise of God to you today: You will live in joy and peace. You will live in joy and peace. You will live in joy and peace. (see Isaiah 55:10-12)
Jesus, your kingdom has come for me! Push back the darkness in my life today. Help me live with great faith and hope in you. Thank you for seeing my struggle and for caring about my needs.
1- Where do you see darkness at work in your life? Where do you see God’s goodness at work in your life? 2- What does it look like to partner with what God is doing in your life?
Collect as many flashlights as you own and gather your friends or family into one room. Close the blinds and turn off all the lights. Sit in darkness for 60 seconds. Look around you. What can you see?
Have someone turn on one flashlight. Then turn on another, and another. If you have several children, take turns turning on the light. Make this fun! Look around you again. What can you see now?
At the end, have someone turn on the lights in the room. Look around you again. What do you see?