If there is one thing I’ve learned in this season is that God is no respecter of persons. From the homeless in our empty city streets to our world leaders, COVID-19 has left its mark. All of mankind has been brought to nothing in recent days. Everything we’ve ever known and how we go about our days has been turned upside down.
Humbled by this fact, I’ve taken refuge in knowing that this world is not our home and we are just passing through. Our Father has gone to prepare a place where there are many dwelling places for those called by His name. A place where He will wipe away every tear from our eyes, where there will be no more death, mourning and pain. Until such time, we must endure and wait in this strange land.
The people of Israel were well acquainted with foreign lands. Not only were they foreigners but they were also captives. Although they had become a great nation in Egypt, they did not have a land to call their own. God had already promised a land flowing with milk and honey, but the journey there would be anything but smooth.
It took ten plagues for Pharaoh to finally give in and let God’s people go. The ninth in particular stood out to me during this time. A heavy darkness, the Bible says, covered all the land of Egypt for three days where no one rose from their places or saw each other, and yet the humble dwellings of the Israelites remained in light.
So how can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? In spite of living in a dark and uncertain world, we can also live in the light of our Glorious God. Even better, one day our eyes will behold the very Light Himself. At this time let us choose to boast in Christ, and set our eyes on the eternal where the streams of glory flow.
Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.