Lenten Devotional – Day 34 – God, Shine Your Light
From today’s reading, we find a strand of the often-repeated theme of light and darkness, both literal and figurative.
So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all of Egypt for three days; they did not see one another…but all the people of Israel had light where they dwelt (Exodus 10:22-23, RSV).
The literal darkness enveloping the Egyptians is connected against the light among the Hebrews; likewise, the divine light in the hearts of His people today shines in bright contrast to the darkness enveloping those who have not come to know Him. And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians (Exodus 11:3).
As God prepared the Israelites for their departure from Egypt, God’s favor spread even into the homes and hearts of those who did not know Him. They esteemed Moses and listened to him; they even gave their best silver and gold to the Hebrews just because they asked.
The Divine Presence was so strong that it permeated even these heathen hearts, and helped the Israelites prepare to follow his will into the unknown wilderness. …because we look not to the things that are seen but to things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Paul reminds us in verse 17, that heaven, that place of the divine presence, is so much more an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. Anything here looks like the Egyptian camp in contrast.
Finally, blind Bartimaeus the beggar could have asked for riches, for delivery from the poverty and the life of begging for food just to survive. But he didn’t. Jesus seemed to offer a free ticket, for anything. And the blind man said to Him, “Master, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well” (Mark 10: 51-52).
The darkness of a lifetime suddenly vanished, and was replaced by a whole new world of sight, color and depth. Oh, that we would be so wise! Oh, that we could trust the Jesus who delivered the Hebrews, the Christ that Paul reminded us “will raise us up and bring us into His presence,” (2 Corinthians 4:14) and the light of wholeness that He offers us as He did Bartimaeus.
Prayer: Father God, thank you that you shine your light to guide our every step. Help us to choose the light and receive your healing presence.