And now listen - the hand of the Lord is against you, and you will be blind for a while, unable to see the sun.” Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he went about groping for someone to lead him by the hand.
But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.” And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
The thought of walking in darkness is scary at best. You know, when it’s so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Can you image being blinded and having to navigate life in total darkness? The sorcerer sure found out that God wasn’t messing around. God didn’t want anyone keeping people from hearing the teaching of the Lord.
We spend so much time, looking at social media and absorbing news reports which constantly bombard us with, self-loving, self-serving, political and moral negativity. When these are our only source of daily input, it can cause us to feel like we’re walking in darkness. Joy is gone, hope’s depleted, love is out the window, you desperately want to know your purpose is and you wonder why you’re even alive. That is darkness. But we are never without hope. If we spend more time reading God’s word, ingesting it daily, listening to positive Christian pod casts and loving our neighbors as ourselves, we will be uplifted and walking in the light. We do get to choose how we walk through life, in darkness or in the Light.
God, help me to read your word more, hear your voice clearer and feel your Love deeper so I can help others walk out of darkness and into your loving light. Amen.