2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”
Wow what a great scripture. I am drawn to the fact of walking in darkness. This is such a powerful image. All too often I have walked in darkness – not sure where I am going, feeling alone and lonely, abandoned even at times. Darkness can be all encompassing, it can surround us, and even seem to wrap us up in its’ tentacles. Yet here, Isaiah prophecies that those who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Whether the darkness was the futility of their minds, or the darkness was the oppression of another nation, or the darkness is the result of our foolish decisions or the oppression of an unjust boss or colleague, or the state of our mental health – there is light coming! We will see the light. Isaiah is prophesying that there is light and it is coming and even if you have dwelt – that is stayed in darkness for a period of time, perhaps a long period of time – light is coming!
We can see this in the Advent story – the coming of Jesus – but what of our Advent story – where Jesus – the Light of the world comes into our lives – where His coming brings light into our worlds – transforming them.
Father I pray that for everyone reading this today we would reflect on the truth that the Light has come and that we each would have a personal Advent – the coming of Jesus as light to our lives.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta