It was a silent night. A very long, dark, silent night. For nearly 400 years, God’s people heard nothing from Him. There were no more messages, no more deliverers. There was only a promise, and only a few who still dared to hope. Rome seemed to be more present than God, but still, they carried on with the traditions because it kept them together, at least—united as a conquered nation. Of course they hoped and dreamed of a Savior…but few watched and waited.
And then, with the tiny cry of an Infant, the silent night was over!
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” – Is. 60:1-3 (NIV)
“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:4 (NIV)
Maybe you are enduring a “silent night” in your personal life or in the constant spiritual battle that rages where you serve. It’s hard to imagine that hope or change exists beyond the horizon, and the waiting is starting to wear you down. Read the words of Isaiah and John again—read them for you, for your place of service. There is hope!
Stay faithful. Keep waiting and watching. Keep interceding on behalf of those you are called to serve. And you will find the Sun—your Deliverer!—dawning when you least expect it, and when you most need it. Maybe it’s around the corner, or maybe you have to wait a little longer, but you can trust that the darkness will not overcome—the Light will come! Praise God! The Light will come.
*Twice a month, we send out a short devotional to our volunteers. This was written by Andrea Keele, and sent out on Dec. 1, 2014.