DayBreaks for 4/30/20: The Truth About an Eclipse
From the DayBreaks archive, April 2010:
I’m sure that you’ve seen an eclipse of the moon. Probably of the sun, too. It is interesting the way that we talk about a solar eclipse. We often refer to it as the sun being darkened. Of course, in reality the sun isn’t darkened at all, is it? It only seems like it has been darkened because the moon has come between the earth and the sun thus blocking out some of the light rays from the sun and making it appear as if much of the sun’s blazing inferno has been extinguished.
I remember a fairly major eclipse of the sun a few years back. It took place while I was at work early in the afternoon in the summer time. While it didn’t get dark, the light certainly was different – rather eerie in fact. It didn’t have the same intensity and it was darker and cooler. It was very, very strange.
The prophet Joel spoke of a time when the sun and moon would be darkened in Joel 3:15-16 – The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel. In this passage, Joel describes a time of judgment – it will be a trying time for the earth and creation. But rather than leaving His people in fear, God tells them that He will be a refuge for them.
How does this relate to us today? We are prone to times of darkness, aren’t we? I have NEVER met anyone who didn’t have to deal with fear, discouragement, disappointment, failure and the darkness of the pit of sin. It is simply part of the human condition. And when times get bad, really bad, what is our first reaction? We wonder what has happened to God – why He hasn’t “fixed things”. We begin to wonder (probably not consciously for we would be afraid to mouth the words out loud) if God has lost His power or His capacity to care and be moved by the plight of mere humans. He seems distant, cold. And we assume that “God must not love me any more.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. We make the false assumption that the God who has demonstrated His love to us before has changed. That His love no longer shines fully for us. Why? Because the world has grown cold and dark. But we need to remember the truth about eclipses: the sun hasn’t change. The only thing that has happened is that something has come between us and the sun, blocking it’s light and warmth. Many times (not always, but usually) when life grows dark, we assume the Son has changed. He hasn’t. He’s the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He CANNOT change – God is immutable (a theological term meaning He can’t change). So when your world next seems dark and cold, think about the eclipse. Look to see if there is something that has come between you and the Son. If so, MOVE! Get back into his Light once again and let it dispel the darkness.
God’s love for you doesn’t change. It burns brightly all the time – even when it seems to be dark. If you are feeling abandoned, like your prayers aren’t reaching Him and His love isn’t reaching you, my guess is that you either haven’t been looking at things right or there is something that has come between you and Him. Don’t let it stay that way. The Light is much better than the darkness!
PRAYER: Fill our lives with the fire or the Light this day and encourage us in our present darkness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2020, Galen C. Dalrymple.