When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan— The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
It’s hard to imagine being trapped in the dark, isn’t it? We have lights all around us! Even if the power goes out a simple battery operated flashlight can provide us hours of light! It’s hard to imagine being trapped in the dark.
And yet through the prophet Isaiah, God tells us that’s exactly what was going to happen to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Instead of consulting their God when they were worried about the future, they consulted fortune tellers and people who claimed to be able to talk to the dead. They looked for help everywhere but with their God. And for it, God would send the Assyrian King Tiglath Pilesar III (2 Kings 15) to rip them from their homeland. They would be “thrust into utter darkness.”
Have you ever done that? When you become concerned about what the future will bring or maybe even lose sleep over what the past has already brought, where do you turn for help? Do you look for relief in a bottle of liquor or a bottle of pills? Do you search out quick pleasures to try and ease the pain? These attempts at self-medication are no different than the Northern Kingdom’s quest for answers through mediums and spiritists. They were “thrust into utter darkness.” We deserve the same.
But, that won’t happen! God promised that he would send a light to shine in the darkness! And, believe it or not, God promised to send this light to the same region once occupied by the Northern Tribes of Israel! Just one further proof, that Jesus is the light of the world God promised to send! (See Matthew 4:12-17)
Thanks to Jesus, you’re not trapped in the dark! As we walk through the darkness of this life, Jesus’ love and forgiveness provides us with all the light we need!
God’s blessings and enjoy your weekend!