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“…to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel. (Luke 1:79,80)
“… those who sit in darkness…”
Who is God talking about?
He’s talking about those who can’t even understand why they behave the way they do or take attitudes that they themselves condemn.
When a person is in darkness, he or she does not have strength to change their degrading condition. They are in darkness, without direction… without a hint of light.
The shadow of death suggests an evil force that pushes people to the abyss.
Right now, God is giving light to those who are sitting in darkness. Did you know that? He is revealing our mistakes to us.
God gives us light through His Word and His Spirit.
Let me tell you something: I am not demon-possessed, but there are many things that have not yet been revealed to me. There are things that I still don’t know how to deal with.
And many times, we feel frustrated because we don’t know what to do…
But the light of God shows the way to those to recognise that they need it. God gives us life when we look for it, when we desire it and when we recognise our dependence on Him.
I am not perfect! And I will be imperfect for as long as I live in this world.
Until the day my corruptible body is exchanged for a glorified body, I will need this light to show me the way all the time.
Usually, people associate “sitting in darkness” with “being demon-possessed”… but this not so. It can also refer to those who are in need of guidance, of direction, of light.
For example, sometimes we go through a situation that makes us feel sad and downcast, and we don’t know how to deal with it. At this moment, we need light in order to find the way out!
“So the child grew and became strong in spirit.”
In this verse, ‘spirit’ is related to our intellect, our ability to think. When we have a rational faith, we become strong in spirit; and so, when a problem arises, we immediately fight against it.
For example, whenever I have evil thoughts, I immediately say, “Jesus, I love you! Thank you for everything You have done for me.” I fight those evil thoughts and glorify God, and they go away.
The devil wants to accuse us and make us feel guilty, but when we react against him and glorify God with sincerity, we strengthen our spirit.
It was not God who made the child grow and become strong in spirit, but the child himself, when he fought the good fight in his mind, in his body and in his spirit…
“… and was in the deserts…”
He was just a boy… child!
Did you get it? You can be a ‘child’ in the faith, but if you behave in a rational way and watch your feelings — “Why am I feeling like that? What’s the problem? I want to know where this feeling is coming from…” — you will overcome everything and strengthen your spirit!
John the Baptist grew in the desert. Likewise, you and I grow in the deserts of life, and not only when we read and meditate on the Word of God. We grow when we have to deal with problems and the unexpected.
“… till the day of his manifestation to Israel.”
Once again, we see the importance of knowing how to wait for the right time. Maybe you feel like sharing with everyone what God is revealing to you (I used to be like this), but you have to wait for the right time to do so. We should not be anxious.