Read Isaiah 60
Focus on verse 2
I remember staying awake for an entire night many years ago at a summer camp. It was June in Canada so the entire time of darkness was probably around four or five hours. It was an amazing experience now that I think about it. As the sun went down there was a prolonged and glorious sunset along the northwestern horizon, and by around eleven o’clock it was dark enough to see the glimmering haze of the billions of stars in the Milky Way. As we whiled away the night walking and talking, and sitting on the grass gazing at the stars it became darker as the sun sank lower, but never really entirely dark. One of the most amazing things was the realization that the night was nearly over when we began to see the rosy glow of the breaking dawn in the northeastern sky by about four thirty in the morning. As the light increased it seemed like the darkness of the night was a distant memory with the promise of a new sunshiny day ahead. It was about then that it occurred to me that I would have to function through the next day without having slept, but at that time I was young and sleep deprivation did not have nearly the same effect it has on my now.
In Isaiah 60 we read, “For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.” (v. 2). Israel had been going through a dark time in their history. They had abandoned the worship of God, and had been militarily defeated by the Babylonians, and most of those who survived the battle had been carted off to serve as slaves and servants in the land of Babylon. It was into this gloomy situation that Isaiah brought this message of hope…that the Lord would send the glory of His light to turn them back to Him and to restore His relationship with them.
I suspect that it is not by accident that the light of God is often most clearly visible in the darkest hours of our life. When we choose to believe and trust Him with our lives, He is faithful to inject His light into our darkness. When this happens the darkness has no choice but to recede just as the light of the dawning sun banishes the darkness of the previous night. As long as there is even a glimmer of light – there is hope.