Yesterday, we talked about how being in the dark sometimes clarifies spiritual vision.
This doesn’t mean that there won’t be a period of struggle and groping.
John the Baptist was recognized by Jesus as greater in his flesh than any other man.
John was humble: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
He understood spiritual principles: “A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven.”
John also had keen spiritual vision: “And the next day he (John) saw Jesus coming to him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
While baptizing Jesus, John saw the Holy Spirit descend upon Jesus and boldly proclaimed: “I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
Yet, when the dark days of prison came upon John, he sent some of his friends to ask Jesus, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?”
Dank prison life dimmed the brilliance of John’s previous insight.
It’s the same for us.
Although the dark times led us to greater spiritual vision, being in the dark doesn’t mean instantaneous enlightenment.
Just as it takes a while for your physical eyes to adjust when you enter a dark place, it will take some time for your spiritual eyes to adjust in the face of crisis.
Entering into a dark time of life may produce temporary blindness, but as You continue to faithe Him, He enacts Your deeper “night” vision.
Wait on Him, even in the dark.
I really appreicate You giving me hints in my physical life that help me understand the spiritual. Take this whole idea of our eyes adjusting to the darkness. What a great encouragement to understand that it’s perfectly normal to lose perspective in difficult situations.
I don’t, however, want to lose faith – just because situations overwhelm me. Yet, You and I both know that this is often just what happens.
Don’t forget that You are the One in charge of my spiritual life. That means that You have to continue to supply my faith, even in the darkest of days.
You are deep within me, nearer to me than I am to myself. You continually labor invisibly to bring about that which best pleases You. May my desires change so that what pleases You pleases me also.
When I catch a glimpse of the invisible, I find that You are everywhere even in the depths of my soul. Thank You for implanting me with Your living Love, which prays even as I breathe. Thank You that prayer doesn’t depend totally on my mind, but upon You, the One hidden within.
Give me eyes to see past the physical and into Your glorious Light. I love you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.