What would happen if instead of an eclipse of the sun, we had a total onging eclipse of the Son? I shudder to think about the ramifications of the Son being totally shut out of our lives.
Great American Eclipse
An estimated 12.25 million people live along the direct path of the Great American Eclipse viewable today in my town between 11:12 and 11;14 am CT. As many as seven million are expected to view the phenomena of the moon casting a huge shadow over the fiery ball in the sky.
The experts are saying the only time we can look at the sun is in the total eclipse phase when the moon completing covers the sun, for a few seconds. Even then we should focus on the darkness, not the light of the sun. It’s the day the sun will be blotted out across America, but is it really?
As you know it’s not really that the sun is gone, it is just that the moon is casting a shadow across the sky. What would happen though if darkness was allowed to totally block out the light of the Son? What would America be like? Are we already there? Is there any hope for the world, our country, our own lives?
What Should We Do?
To make sure this doesn’t happen, we have to do just the opposite of the scientists’ advice. As a Christian it’s not the darkness or the shadows that fall across our lives that we should focus on, we must focus on what Jesus, the Light of the world, is doing and cooperate with Him. Instead, the first thing we do when trials, temptations or tragedies strike is focus on the negative. We expect the worst. We focus on what might go wrong or what has gone wrong instead of looking towards the Son. By the way, He is still there no matter how dark it may look.
We expect the worst. We focus on what might go wrong or what has gone wrong instead of looking towards the Son. By the way, He is still there no matter how dark it may look.
It is only natural to focus on what is before our eyes, but the truth is there is another dimension at work that we do not see. The darkness is right in front of us and all around us. It seems there is nowhere to go to escape its presence. Nowhere but to run to Jesus, the Light.1
God doesn’t live in darkness. There is no darkness in Him. “This is the message of God’s promised revelation which we have heard from Him and now announce to you, that God is Ligh. He is holy, His message is truthful, He is perfect in righteousness. In Him there is no darkness at all no sin, no wickedness, no imperfection.”2
Walk Carefully In The Darkness
Darkness comes from one place, the place of the enemy of the people, the one who many follow. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God … For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”3
It is Satan’s desire to blind the minds of unbelievers, but God has a secret weapon. That secret weapon is me and you. Here’s what He asks us to do. “You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of people who are crooked and stubborn. Shine out among them like beacon lights holding out to them the Word of Life.”4
Look On The Son
Our lives are to be lived pointing people to look at the Son, full-on. We are not supposed to focus on the darkness. It’s just a shadow. It will move on in a space of time that is just seconds in eternity. Behind it, always glowing brightly is the Son. The darkness cannot blot out the Son, though it has tried for centuries.
The Son is a constant in our lives. He’s always there. Sometimes we choose not to listen to Him or allow His light to lead us, but that doesn’t mean He has moved away from us. He’s still there providing exactly what we need at exactly the right time.
The darkness will try to convince us otherwise. I know that to be true. Many times in my life, I failed to look to the Son and focused instead on the darkness, which only sunk me deeper into despair.
Through The Valley
A very familiar passage tells us that we don’t have to be afraid because God is with us through the green pastures and the valley of the shadow of death.5 He’s with us through both even when they feel like they are happening at the same time.
“He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley I will fear no evil.”6 Why? Because God is with me.
Do you hear that? God is with us and beyond that, He’s got a table and a place ready for us. We don’t have to fear the things that feel broken and beyond repair in our lives. We just need to focus on the Son, instead of the darkness.
The shadow of darkness is just that. It is a shadow. The Son is there to rescue us. We only need to do the opposite of what the world is telling us to do and focus on Him.
1John 8:12 AMP
2 1 John 1:5 AMP
32 Cor. 4: 4, 6 NIV
4Philippians 2:15-16 TLB
5Psalm 23 NIV
6Psalm 23:3-4 NIV