Daily we tread the darkened path of this world, unaware of the shadow around us. Our reason alone fails to reel in the seriousness of our spiritual condition. On we plod with little care for the things that matter most. Food, clothing, shelter; all these things are foregone conclusions in our minds, and the honest man would say that eternity is the furthest from his thoughts, save when illness or tragedies arrive.
But in the midst of our walking in darkness close to the shadow of death; God in His tender mercy has allowed the sunrise to visit us from on high. He has given us the Light which exposes our gloom. He has given the Light to ‘guide our feet in the way of peace (Luke 2:79).’ This Light is none other than the man Christ Jesus the Righteous One, who is the Atoning Sacrifice for our sin.
Will we heed the words of God’s prophets from of old to the present day? Zechariah prophesied about the coming of his son John in this way…
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
For you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways,
To give knowledge of salvation to His people
In the forgiveness of their sins (Luke 2:76-77).”
Daily we sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, unaware of our danger. Our reason alone fails to grasp the severity of our situation; but God’s revelation makes clear our plight. It also makes clear the tender mercy of our God, who sent forth salvation in the person and work of His only begotten Son while we sit unaware and unconcerned. Will we ponder today this mighty work of grace or will we plod on with blind minds incapable of seeing truth?
Today let us wake up and ponder the tender mercy of our God.