Its supposed to be quiet when we sleep. But it’s not. It’s noisy. Nights are not always silent or holy. Darkness is loud and chaotic, whether you perceive it or not. We live in dark times, filled with noise, often indistinguishable, more so unintelligible. Everyone is trying to be the light, but failing. We are all virtue signalling in the dark. A pointless exercise, like looking for the moral high ground in a black hole, attempting to climb the bottomless abyss. Of course there is no higher ground in the abyss, and virtue doesn’t matter or mean much to those who can’t see it or don’t know what it is.
Not long ago a Trump started making some noise in Washington DC, USA. All of a sudden the western world became afraid of each other and started slicing and dicing their neighbour. The battle still rages, the wicked devouring one another, a fight of fools. The brother in arms becomes your enemy in the clamour of the deep dark.
All Gideon and his few good water drinkers did was blow the trumpet and smash some pots and mass hysteria broke out amongst the complacent sleepers. Isn’t that what the western world has become in its attitude toward God and Christ? Complacent? We live in lands full of blessings and deny, even defy the God who gave them. Any society intent on removing God from their conscience will not stop until all tangible evidence of him is removed from their senses. And what could be more tangible than the physical people of God who carry his name? Satan’s hatred of God’s covenant children has manifested in recent history through both the holocaust and communism. I see more and more hatred of God and his people on the rise in modern democracies. For those who think our countries are to advanced and educated to actually pursue the death of Christians, just remember we are dealing with totally illogical persons daily, people who believe children are born without a gender. The same folly filled fools celebrate allowing third trimester abortions like a virtue. Killing harmless innocents is not a problem for many people who go by the name Democrat!
Never sleep on the weak. The gospel is just noise in the dark to many. It shines a torch on the sleeping haters of God.
Complacency, history’s empire killer. When God spoke let there be light on a dark and formless earth, everything should have light up. He never said let there be light and darkness. The deep black disobeyed God’s order and remained engulfed in its own void. God would not work in the night or the darkness but in the light of day, in contrast he who works evil does so at night.
‘This is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness more than light, because their deeds were evil’ John 3verse19 NKJV
As I write this it’s only a few days since the state of New York passed a bill to allow third trimester abortions. You can’t get much more dark than not even allowing life and light to enter the world. Such evil is worthy of universal condemnation. What’s worse is people actually celebrate this stuff, like they have done something good! Democracy is sacrificing to demons: ‘First Molech, horrid king besmeared with blood of human sacrifice, and parents tears, thou for noise of drums and timbrels loud their children’s cries unheard, that passed through fire to his grim idol.’ John Milton: Paradise lost. The star spangled banner that inspired liberty has become bitter wormwood for the world. The noisy night is filled with falling stars.
The dark blocks their ears and gashes their teeth when confronted with fresh bursts of light, yet God’s promise to the unborn is sure: “when my father and mother forsake me the LORD will take me up” psalm 27 verse 10. When the Son of man comes in glory, and all the holy ones with him, how will the nations respond if he says “I was forming in the womb, and you murdered me”??
The Lord will come as a thief in the night. The complacent nations will again be caught off guard like the sleeping sentinels during Gideon’s triumph. Light has come and awakened us with good news! The noisy night can be our brightest day! Don’t sleep!
‘for you are all sons of light and sons of day, we are not of night or darkness’ 1 Thessalonians 5 verse 5. NASB.
Joshua is a sixth generation house painter. He serves under the ministry of Pastors Ronnie and Shirley Naidoo of KZN Celebration Centre in Tongaat South Africa. He enjoys teaching scripture to both children and adults and has written a book on the sermon on the mount. He enjoys playing basketball and sharing elbows with his opponents.