The darkness of this world continually surprises me. I shiver at the news headlines declaring the unspeakable ways that humans treat one another. I do not have to offer examples, you’ve already seen them. The suffering of children in our world is composing a great cry of injustice and helplessness that I know our Abba hears. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.* I do not know how He refrains from eradication of this race.
In such a statement I reveal how unlike Him I am. It is easy to glance at a few news stories and pontificate about what God ought to do. Such a statement is a divine death warrant for me, and would empty our churches and fill our cemeteries.
The darkest part of our heart is where God does His most brilliant work. Too many people are living out of the darkness … the empty place … the untouched region where grace has never ventured. For many who do not follow the Christ, the darkness is lived out vividly. For those of us who have pledged our allegiance, the darkness is hidden away. We think.
But it exposes itself at the most awkward moments. A temper lost. Words spoken. Hidden acts of aggression. Secret sins. Blatant judgments. A sense of reasonable pride. Yes, they all betray us. We’ve hidden some darkness in our hearts and not allowed God in to that place. It’s that word we despise – hypocrite – an actor on a stage. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent….* We can flow from one impersonation to another without much notice, even to ourselves.
Has God rejected us for this? Not yet. I believe that it is in the darkness that God does His greatest work. Our job is to invite Him in, and allow Him to do his work. He hasn’t ever taken you where you were unwilling to go. So many of our own hurts and the guilt that plagues us could disappear in the shadow of His grace.
When you are feeling the darkness in your own heart, invite Him in to expose and cleanse. He promises that He will continue to love and recreate you until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts*.
*Ephesians 4?17-19; 1 Corinthians 4:4-5; 2 Corinthians 4:5-6;2 Peter 1:18-19