I won’t lie friends. My heart is heavy. The local and national events of the day trouble me in inexpressible ways. I have seen and tasted the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, yet the words of Joshua 3:4 ring afresh, “You have not passed this way before.” I won’t muster anything false, light my own fire, or kindle my own torch. Instead, I cling to the doctrines of grace. I cleave to the glorious Sovereignty of God. Though I cannot see, I am content to wait in darkness because I know it is Him who created the darkness. “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create calamity: I the LORD do all these things” (Isaiah 45:7). The ground of my consolation is the good, and glorious Providence of God and I pray for the quiet trust – the eyes of faith to look beyond all secondary circumstances, agents, and human instruments to the Primary cause who is God alone. “See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc” (Isaiah 54:16).
And so with a sad, but trusting heart I celebrate the Light of the World that pierces the darkness with true hope. Everlasting hope. And yes, praise you Jesus! A weary world, burdened and weighed down with sin, rejoices! Christ is come! Praise be to God!