Exodus 10: 21-29
Darkness over the Land
21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. 23 They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings. 24 Then Pharaoh called to Moses, and said, “Go, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be detained. Even your little ones may go with you.” 25 But Moses said, “You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice them to the Lord our God. 26 Therefore, our livestock too shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind, for we shall take some of them to serve the Lord our God. And until we arrive there, we ourselves do not know with what we shall serve the Lord.” 27 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. 28 Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me! Beware, do not see my face again, for in the day you see my face you shall die!” 29 Moses said, “You are right; I shall never see your face again!”
I cannot tell you how many times I hear people worrying about our country, about the way things are going, about the looming financial and spiritual crisis. But I could not help but see in this passage of Scripture, a distinction made between the People of God, and those who reject Him. Yes, the Lord does cause His rain to fall upon the evil and the good, and for His sun to rise on the righteous and the unrighteous, this I know. But I can see how things may get darker in the world, in those who reject God. And it may be a darkness which can be felt, just as it was in the day of Moses, when Pharaoh rebelled against God. But I love how it says here in Exodus, “but all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings.”
It can never be said of God’s people, “as the country goes, so goes the people.” Not so, not so in the Kingdom of God. And we are the Kingdom of God, all who have trusted Christ as their Lord and Savior. We are the Kingdom of God. We are the Body of Christ, and as Christ our Lord goes, so we also shall go. I sensed so strongly this morning, that even as the world, or our country, goes through a time of darkness so deep, even a darkness which can be felt; we, His people, believers in God, shall have light in our dwellings. We shall experience preservation, protection, favor and blessing. We shall have light in our dwellings, even when the world is experiencing darkness. We shall have the light of God in the face of Christ. So fix your eyes upon Jesus, dear believer, fix your eyes upon Him.