Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
There is never a darkness that God’s light cannot overcome. The darkness of sin has filled the world. The darkness of pain and struggle permeates humanity. The darkness of the evil one threatens to consume. But there is always the light of Jesus. He enters that darkness and shines forth with a brightness that will never be overshadowed.
Think of the world on the cusp of Jesus’ birth. Israel had waited so long for their Savior to come. The promises had been given. God’s Word had been spoken, but the light only seemed to grow dim. Everything in that world seemed dark, oppressive, and hopeless, and then Jesus came. Our world sits on the cusp of His return, waiting and hoping in Him to deliver this world to its final end and our souls to eternal life.
Jesus is the Light of the world. He can be the light in our darkest hour, our darkest situation, our darkest moments. Sometimes the way out of darkness is simply to wait for the sun to rise. In that coldest, darkest place where morning seems so far away, the dawn will break. So then in the midst of that painful night, may we be patient enough to wait for the morning to come, for the Daystar to arise and shine His goodness upon us.