In the dark…
April 19th, 2019
We had a storm come through last night and as it happens now and again, due to trees falling in the wind, and lightning striking electrical equipment; we lost power for several hours.
No TV, WIFI out of service, A/C stops working, and the air stagnates in the house. We search for the lighter and distribute candles throughout the house and recover some level of illumination, so we can navigate our home without the aid of flashlights or cellphones.
My first thought was a cynical, “poor little first-worlder”, chiding myself.
But then as I sat in the low glow of candlelight, I considered our connectedness to God and those periods when our power source become interrupted by sin and self-interest.
Disconnected from our spiritual grid
The blind man who Jesus gave sight to was being grilled by religious leaders regarding who had healed him defended his benefactor.
We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He listens to him. Throughout history no one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, He wouldn’t be able to do anything.”
John 9:31-33 (HCSB)
But did you notice what the man was saying in his defense of Jesus.
This is an accepted principle that
God doesn’t listen to the sinner,
God has selective hearing and
when we give reverence to God
and do God’s will then and only then…
God will listen!
Apparently, this position was irrefutable, because the man whose sight had newly been restored by Jesus, as they became indignant accused this commoner of attempting to teach these religiously educated experts basic principles of God’s logic. They threw him out and sent him on his way.
They did this because of their disconnectedness. They took offence being told that they were overlooking the obvious truth of Jesus’ ability to heal. They sat in near complete darkness with only artificial illumination and couldn’t see the work of the Messiah.
The once blind man could, because he was plugged in and knew firsthand what having that power manifested in him looked like.
David understood that separation that takes place when we are disconnected from the power of God in our lives.
Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.
Psalms 51:11-12 (HCSB)
Jesus realized this issue of disconnectedness as well and exhorts us to treat our connectivity to Him as critical for our very survival.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vineyard keeper. Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so it will produce more fruit. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”
John 15:1-6 (HCSB)
Is it any wonder that David in his Psalm wrote in such earnest his plead with God to restore to him the joy of salvation? David knew it, Jesus warned us of it and the blind man knew it firsthand.
And if we are honest with ourselves and God, we know it too.
“The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.”
We are useless if we are not connected to Jesus. Just as the television in my Living Room is useless when the cable and power is out.
We need to cling to the true vine, because it is only through Him we receive our nourishment and our ability to produce fruit is assured.
Unlike the electricity that is delivered to our homes and businesses, the power from the true vine can only be interrupted by us. There is no reason for us not to cling to that vine with all our might to make sure we don’t lose our grip on the source of the power in our lives.
We can, and should, prevent any “Power Outage!”
In the Grace of Jesus
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