The Sunday after Thanksgiving, my husband and I were in South Carolina visiting our daughter and son-in-law and our two granddaughters. We attended a Presbyterian Church where the pastor used the following verses from Isaiah as the theme for his sermon:
“” Isaiah 9:2-3
The prophet Isaiah was speaking to the people of Israel during a dark time. His words were to encourage them. There was hope. God had a plan. THIS DARKNESS WAS NOT MEANT TO LAST FOREVER.
His point — all of us are often in the darkness. Our darkness may be financial distress, relationship problems, poor health, or worry about a friend or family member. It may seem as if our nation is headed for self-destruction. It doesn’t matter what the darkness is, in these verses God has promised that THIS DARKNESS WILL NOT LAST FOREVER. He is still in control. Light is coming.
We are living in the “in-between” times — the time between the birth of Christ and His second coming. During Advent we are waiting to celebrate His birth; during our daily lives we are waiting for Him to come again. During all of our waiting, we must remember that THIS DARKNESS WILL NOT LAST FOREVER.
It was a good sermon. We need to celebrate the light of Christ Who has come and will come again. We need to know that even in the darkest of seasons, light is coming. Wait and rejoice because THIS DARKNESS WILL NOT LAST FOREVER.