This Present Darkness
by Guy Cohen, Harvest of Asher
In recent weeks I have received many questions about the political turmoil and controversial judicial reforms in Israel.
When I look at Israel, today I see signs of chaos, and I see how we are losing the ability to dialogue respectfully. It’s reminiscent of the days before the flood when “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).
Yet at the same time as sin increases, we see that God’s grace and righteousness are increasing. “...But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:20-21)
Yeshua speaks about these difficult times in Matthew 24 and Mark 13. When we look at the world today, we see many crises taking place before our eyes – from earthquakes and famines, to wars and rumors of wars. Yet, remember that we as His followers are the apple of His eye and “His eyes are searching to and fro throughout the earth looking for those whose hearts are wholly with Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
My brothers in the Lord, even though we are witnessing the world growing darker; remember that the Lord is calling us to bring His light into this very darkness, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Let us be filled with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. May our lamps be shining and continually filled with oil (Matthew 25). We are the ones called to intercede and seek for His Spirit to come so that His Kingdom wonders will break through. Indeed, I see growth in the house of God and I see people coming to drink from the spring of living water.
Let us be the generation that proclaims the return of our Lord. May we see Him coming, bringing the heavenly Kingdom to earth where he will sit on His throne in Jerusalem. Yeshua is the only one who can bring peace between man and God, between man and man, and between nations. He is the Prince of Peace.
His eyes are looking upon you, even and especially in this present darkness. “Arise, shine for your light has come... Behold, darkness will cover the earth, and a deep mist will cover the nations. Yet, the LORD will dawn over you...” (Isaiah 60:1)