One of the most powerful hurricanes on record was moving slowly across the Bahamas, leaving a path of unimaginable destruction. Hundreds of thousands of people were plunged into darkness as electrical power was wiped out. The hurricane was then projected to take several more days before making landfall in Florida and along East Coast.
Television coverage of such events is fueled by ‘for profit’ companies that use commercials to attract customers. This was a prime time to advertise generators. These generators are small machines powered by gasoline or diesel that convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. It was suggested that you might keep one in your basement for those times when a storm knocks out your power. With power outages that could last for extended periods, generators were hyped as essential for lights, refrigeration to preserve food, and other indispensable functions of modern life.
These commercials on TV also ‘generated’ a life lesson in my mind. We live in a sin-darkened world. People are stumbling and falling in this darkness. Mass shootings, terrorism both domestic and international, and the drug crisis are but a few situations that reflect the darkness. The Message Translation says it well: “This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is” (John 3:19, MSG).
Jesus came into the world to generate light and dispel the darkness. Scripture says:
- “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6, ESV)
- Jesus came, “To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:79, ESV)
- “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, NIV)
A Comforting Promise: The Lord will generate the “light of life’ in all who follow Him.
~ Brother Roy