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.
Biblical scholars’ commentaries on this verse say that Isaiah is referring to the defeat of the Assyrian army and that the great light mention may be referring to the coming of Christ.
I thought differently when I read this verse and decided to write about it.
As we grow and begin to experience life as an adult we walk in darkness. We have been told about life and others have shared their experiences, but we haven’t lived it. We haven’t been responsible for ourselves. Therefore we are walking in darkness.
We then start to experience life and being responsible. We experience the trials and trauma that life can present and we try to find our way out of the darkness. We walk in darkness but as we go through life we begin to build the blocks to see God, to see the great light. The light enables us to see more and more how God and life works. We begin to understand our responsibilities to ourselves, others and God.
We begin our journey in darkness. Others tells us about God but until we seek God for ourselves we wander in a land of great darkness.
Only by living and experiencing life, and deciding to seek God, do we begin to see some light at the end of the tunnel. The more we live, learn and seek, the brighter the light becomes. As we continue to seek a brighter light, we begin to see a clearer picture. Then we begin to clear our hearts and make space for God. And as we do this the path to righteousness becomes clear.
When we stray, we go back to the darkness. But as long as we keep God in our hearts we are pushed to seek the light.
So this is what Isaiah is saying to me in this verse.
Seek God in your darkness and God will show you the great light on the path of righteousness.
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