September 4

Romans 13:11-14

“The night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light;” vs. 12

There are some who believe that we are drawing near to the apocalypse, that humanity is teetering on the edge of calamity and that destruction awaits. It would seem that Paul was looking toward the same end, that the day of reckoning was near. But gloom was not what he had in mind. He did believe that something big was about to take place, but it wasn’t a day of death and destruction. In fact what was drawing near was salvation, the moment when Christ would be fully revealed in a way never yet seen. He told the Roman believers that it was time to get ready, not for a day of darkness, but for an outpouring of light. They’d been living in darkness, consumed by the desires of this world, but very soon a new day would dawn. And even though it was still night, they could start living as children of the Light, and put aside all those old behaviors that had caused them such distress. We’re now being reminded daily of the ugliness that exists in our country. Politicians warn of horrible consequences if we make the wrong electoral choices. But their vision of future darkness is just plain wrong! The Light is on the way and will ultimately prevail–and when we put on the armor of light, even if it’s still dark, the day of the Lord is hastened.

Thought for the Day: What is the armor of light?

 

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