Trying to sleep on a transcontinental flight is always a challenge. Sleep is cut short when someone lifts their shade after just a few hours to see the early dawn. The proverb, “the darkest hour is just before the dawn” was first seen in print in 1650 written by theologian, Thomas Fuller. I could never make that observation as I am the one always trying to sleep! But I wonder if the inspiration behind that proverb came from this verse.
Often in Scripture darkness represents calamity and light represents well being. No one is exempt from dark times. Regardless of education, wealth, health or status, we all face some kind of crisis or suffering. But for the believer, there is a dawn coming! For the one made righteous through Christ, there is hope.
The Lord is first and foremost my Light (Psalm 27:10). He is the loving Source of all that is positive in my life! (James 1:17) When everything seems dark and awful and hopeless, I can still see that small glimmer in the distance. I know He is there. As I seek His face the Light of his love grows stronger and stronger. Before long, the darkness dissipates and the dawn has arrived. With the dawning realization of His love and presence, I feel His warmth and light and I am reassured.
There is another meaning to the dawn; our eternal home. It is still on the horizon, but with every year it approaches. And it is full of light. There will be no need for any sun, moon or lamp as the Lord Himself will be our light!
Thank you, Lord, that You are my Light and my Hope.