Today’s devotion for today is based on Isaiah 60:1,2: “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 people, but the LORD rises upon you. and his glory appears over you.”
When the prophet Isaiah speaks about the “thick darkness” covering the people, he’s not referring to an annual geographic anomaly or a hypothetical blackout; he’s talking about life without a God who loves, forgives, and saves.
Can you imagine that kind of darkness? Can you imagine life without a heavenly Father watching over you and sending his angels to protect you? Can you imagine a life without a baby being born in Bethlehem, without a crucifixion on Mount Calvary, without a resurrection on Easter morning? Can you imagine your ears never hearing these words, “Jesus loves you. Jesus forgives you. Jesus has opened heaven for you.”
We may have some darkness in our past—words and deeds of which we are ashamed. Jesus wants us to know that he replaced those dark sins with his bright holy deeds. He wants us to know that with his death on the cross, he has scrubbed clean our record of the past and given us a fresh start. So open your ears and hear it well: “Jesus loves you! Jesus forgives you! Jesus has opened heaven for you!”
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord Jesus, you have forgiven all my sins and saved me from the darkness of sin. Now help me to live and speak like a child of your light. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.