Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord. Isaiah 50:10 NIV 

So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19  

Anyone feel like you are walking in the dark more than usual? The days have gotten shorter, less light, more dark. Not quite the darkness Isaiah is referring too, but it is harder to walk in the dark. To find an address on a house, or see an animal or person along the road as we drive.  

To Isaiah, walking in the dark meant more walking without guidance, perhaps having given up on God. Isaiah tells us to trust in the name of the Lord. But, what happens then? We have heard that it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Likewise it is better to trust in God, then just keep on being in the dark.   

Darkness could be despair, could be grief, or illness. Some are lonely with distances separating families, and no way to get together for holiday events. Peter gives us details. In second Peter he is recounting his own experiences of Jesus. As he says just before verse 19, these are not stories he has made up. They are not like the myths of invented gods that were prevalent in the world at that time. Rather these are real events that Peter has witnessed and is sharing with others.  

He says there were prophetic messages and that they are now “fully confirmed.” They are confirmed in the life death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Imagine being in the darkness, in a dark place. Then you see a light shining; that is something you would notice and pay attention to. We have that light in our belief in Jesus, in our faith in our salvation through Him. It may seem dark, but daylight is coming. The morning star will soon arise, in our hearts as Jesus is in our hearts. He is the bright morning star that shines above all others.  

Lord of light, the light of Jesus shines like a beacon during our worst storms, and through Him our faith and hope are restored. we claim to put our trust in you, and yet we still find ourselves isolated in the darkness of distraction. Focus our eyes on the dawn of your new day and better way. Strengthen us that your light may shine in us for others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  

Chris Gabel