15 Dec Hidden Light – 12/15/20
Habakkuk 3:3-7 – “God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden. Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps. He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed – but he marches on forever. I saw the tents of Cushan in destress, and the dwellings of Midian in anguish.”
“His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden” (v. 4). Habakkuk poetically describes the essence of the Lord’s power, which was before hidden, but to be made manifest. His power, so little displayed in comparison of what it is in itself. Yet, in His hands lies His power; and as a garment, He wraps Himself in light (Ps. 104:2). His light is the very veil that hides Him. His light may be darkness to those who pry into Him, however, His darkness is light to those who behold Him in faith. He hid the power of His Godhead in the weakness of manhood. He commanded the light to shine out of darkness and into our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory, displayed in the face of Christ (2 Cor. 4:6). Let it be known that the Lord has given our hearts the glorious light of the Gospel, as He has given the world the glorious light of the sun. His power is far beyond the confines of our comprehension, but He has chosen to illuminate our minds by sending light into the world. The tendency of man, if left to himself, is to plunge into deeper darkness. But He rescued us. Through Christ alone, we may choose light over darkness. His power is no longer hidden; rather revealed in Christ’s death and resurrection.
Lord, you are too complex for our understanding. Allow us to release our desire of control into your hands; hands that bear insufferable power. Thank you for emptying yourself, born in the likeness of men. We praise you, that in your power, you exemplified perfect obedience to the point of death; so that your light may be known. I pray that we may testify to your power. I pray that we may be vehicles of your light.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.