Praying for the Dawn
Dawn is the transition between night and day. Dark to light. The early morning light that awakens the senses and declares the beginning of a new day. You have probably heard someone say, “Then it dawned on me…” that is, something that had been shrouded in darkness was becoming clear, light was breaking in on the matter.
Light is equated with truth because when there is light you can see things as they really are. Strain and focus as much as you like in the dark, but unless there is at least a little light, you will be unable to see things that are easily perceived in the light.
Physical darkness is easy to understand. As on a cave tour when the guide briefly turns off the light and the darkness becomes dense and black. And the longer the light is off the harder it is to recall the reality or truth of what exists around you. If the period of lightless darkness extends too long, there is no telling what you might begin to believe is true.
But there is a spiritual and emotional darkness that is just as real as the physical absence of light you might experience on a cave tour. And in the same way physical darkness can lead to misshapen ideas about what is true and real, spiritual and emotional darkness can lead to outlandish and horrific conclusions as well.
A society that has forgotten God is a culture in darkness. Technological advancement might fool them into thinking otherwise but without the Lantern of God to illuminate their senses, they are left to stumble along in full belief that their light is real light, when it is exactly the opposite.
Jesus is the light of the world. When He came, light came, because He is the Light of God. The Prophet Isaiah wrote: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. Isaiah 9:2. The prophecy is repeated in Matthew 4:9-17 as being fulfilled in space and time, in the life of Jesus Christ.
Light has come, Jesus came. His life, death, burial and victorious resurrection has brought light, clarity, honesty and truth to the world for all time and for all people because God loves His creation so much He would not leave us comfort less, struggling and straining in the dark.
But Satan still fights against the Light of God. If the light has dispelled the darkness then to restore the darkness he covers the eyes of those who don’t want to see the truth.
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4
Blinders, spiritual, emotional blinders veil the light and people historically exposed to the goodness of the light eventually forget what is true and real and God is forgotten and extended darkness once again leads the people down paths of distortion and error. Claiming enlightenment they actually fall deeper into darkness convincing themselves that things they would have never considered in the true light are now somehow right and true and noble.
Like murdering their children just prior to them being born.
Pray for the Dawn. God help us.