When Darkness Presses In

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

From time to time I get comfortable in my own little bubble and forget about the problems in the world around me. That is until I turn on the news or take a good look around. It’s those reality checks that remind me of the ever-present war going on in our world. We are in a spiritual battle. The darkness of this world is real. That’s why our world is broken and hurting. We can see it’s effects through things people do. It may seem like we are fighting against people but we are not.

A couple of weeks ago I felt like every time I turned around I could see darkness pressing in. My heart became deeply saddened and troubled. As someone trying to live in the ways of the Lord I was feeling like the minority. Like Elisha’s servant may have felt with the enemy’s army surrounding them. (II Kings 6:15-17) I wondered how much my drop-in-the-bucket contribution to the world would matter. I went to bed with these thoughts swimming around in my head. The next morning, once I woke up enough to know what day it was, I remembered the darkness of this world that was so heavy on my heart the day before. I struggled to want to get out of bed. I heard something inside me say, “Be the light. Be the light you want to see. Be the light this dark world yearns for. You are an ambassador for Christ. Be the light. Even if it’s only in your little corner of the world.”

We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and not focus on the waves crashing all around us. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the bad things happening in our world today. Any electronic device seems eager to tell you the latest tragic story. It can be easy to get tunnel vision and point out all the negativity in the world. But to do that means we’d be focusing on the waves. We need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Just like it says in that good old tune: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face and the things of the earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” We must focus on Jesus and not the waves or we will sink. Follow Him, trust Him and don’t worry about the waves.

I was reading in Ezekiel where the Lord was giving prophecies to Ezekiel about different nations. I began to think of the many different prophecies God has given to people through the course of time and how many of those have been fulfilled. I don’t know the actual numbers, although I think it would be fun to study it, but I can tell you most of the prophecies the Lord has given have been fulfilled. If you just look at the prophecies Jesus fulfilled it’s amazing. The odds are crazy that one man would fulfill all the prophecies, yet Jesus did. Some of the things the Lord said would happen seemed to great to come true. So many obstacles needed to be overcome yet they were fulfilled. There is no obstacle to big, no king to great, no wall unscaleable to the Lord. He is in control! God is not ignorant of the ever increasing darkness on the earth. I believe it’s fulfillment of prophecy. God is not absent either. He is right here with us. We can trust Him to take care of us because He said He would in His Word.

I was watching my husband and daughter playing the card game war. My daughter was Anonymous-Architetto----Asso-cartetrying to stay in the game with the few cards she had left. The thing that kept saving her was the ace. Every time it came up she knew she would beat anything my husband had. As long as she had that ace, she had hope. Jesus is our ace. With Him we have the power to stand up against anything that comes against us. As long as we have Jesus we have hope. This is the greatest thing we have to hold on to when we feel darkness pressing in. Don’t give up but take a deep breath and know God is still on the throne. Just as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow.
So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” II Corinthians 5:20 (NLT)

With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. Psalm 18:9

We do this by keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding it’s shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Hebrews 12:2 (NLT)