When Darkness Enters

I remember calling my ninety-year-old parents to ask the usual question, “How are you doing out there in California?” we lived two thousand miles apart. On this occasion, their answer was not the usual one. Several Pacific storms had come ashore back to back dropping eight inches of rain on the coast and eight to eleven feet of snow in the mountains. Roads were closed by flooding and mud slides so they could not get supplies from the nearest town seven miles away. The wind had been blowing forty miles an hour with gusts up to eighty, blowing trees down. However, what worried me the most was their loss of electric power due to the many lines broken by falling trees. They had been without electric power for six days. I knew what this meant for my ninety-year-old parents living alone in a redwood forest.

They had all the things the world offered, a water pump to provide indoor hot and cold running water to their sinks, bathtub, clothes washer, and toilets. They even had a great wood heating stove that provided ample heat because of the power driven fan system that circulated the air around the firebox and back into to the rooms. But now there was no power to drive the water pump or heating fan. It would do no good for my dad to reread the instructions on how to operate these utilities because nothing would improve until they received the power needed.

The same may be said about our relationship with each other and with God. It takes more than just reading the Bible to receive power. When the spiritual head of the household (husband or single mother), ignores God (limitless power), they walk in darkness (there own weakness), and the whole household suffers under this darkness. However, when the head of the household reads God’s direction book for life (the Bible) and implements its directions, they will discover that there is super natural power available to them (God’s love with promises included).
Mt 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

If my dad had read the instruction book on how to operate his heating system during the storm, he would have learned that the system needed power and how to plug in. However, that knowledge would not have provided power with the lines down (sin). The results of this condition are found in the following scripture. Matt. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Sin is preventing the connection to God’s power and blessing in this verse. Iniquity is defined as “unrighteousness” which is, not doing right (sin). The opposite then should correct the problem and connect us to His power and that is exactly what God’s instructions say. Matt. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Jesus says in John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. We can see that keeping His commandments (righteousness) shows that we love Him and connects us with His love (power to bless). When the head of the household makes this connection, their whole family is blessed. Darkness cannot exist in the presence of such love.

Joe O’Brien

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