Isaiah 9:2-7 “Recognizing the Light”

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The Christmas season is one of light.  We decorate our houses and Christmas trees with lights which seem to brighten up the world in these dark winter days.  These lights are supposed to remind us that Jesus is the Light of the World and that, as John says, the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.

For many of us, though, it seems that the darkness is often a lot more prevalent in our lives than the light.  Whether it’s the “bad things that happen to good people” or the ongoing battle with sickness, uncertainty, loss, or anxiety, darkness seems to be all around us.  Our Scripture today says, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light…”  It assures us that, even if the light is small, it is still piercing the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.

Questions to take home:

  1. Last week we talked about the wilderness, which Scripture describes as a place of chaos and darkness.  In what ways are you walking in the wilderness during this holiday season?
  2. Scripture never talks about darkness without directing us to the light.  After reading today’s Scriptures, are there places in your life where you can see the light shining in?  Even if it seems small or faith, where is it?
  3. In Scripture, the response to God’s help and salvation is to “proclaim” it.  We see this in the Psalms and today in Isaiah’s testimony of God’s promise.  If you have “seen the light” at work in your life, will you tell someone about it this week?  Who?