Before I began blogging, the Lord had given me a keen awareness of how contrast enhances life experiences and truth (and so many other things!)...All throughout scripture we notice God using contrasts to teach or instruct or to guide...contrasts between good and evil, light and dark, night and day, holy and common, flesh and spirit...
After reading the account of Israel being delivered from Egypt through the Red Sea, I found myself meditating on the Cloud. The Cloud lead them to the Sea, lead them into the Sea, and then when they were half way through, it circled around behind them and became a divider between Israel and her salvation, and the Egypt and it's doom.
The cloud was light on one side, giving light to Israel so they could see and move forward into their freedom. The cloud was dark on the otherside, hindering the sight of Egypt, confusing them and eventually drowning them in the sea.
On the one side of the cloud was the Merciful One rescuing Israel from bondage. On the other side was Egypt being judged by the Just One.
Have you perceived the darkness surrounding us? Our culture embraces things that God forbids and despises. He hates disobedience, rebellion, and pride. Yet these things are not only tolerated, they are celebrated...
But what is so beautiful in the midst of the darkness is the LIGHT!!! As darkness accumulates, those who are walking in the Light shine brighter. In our obedience, submission and humility, the Light of Jesus is more noticable because of the contrast. Let us who are in Christ, His chosen ones, be ever mindful to walk in the Light to make God known to those who are lost in darkness.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth), and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret, But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. Ephesians 5:8-14