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Tu Aduci Întunericul şi se Face Noapte

darkness

The title above comes from Psalm 104:20 in the NTR, an easy-to-read (Ha ha!  As if anything in Romanian is easy!) Romanian translation, “Tu aduci întunericul şi se face noapte; atunci toate fiarele pădurii încep să mişune.”  The English translation is, “You bring the darkness, and it becomes night, then all the wild beasts of the forest begin to move about.”

The “you” here is referring to God.  There’s an uncomfortable truth here, a really uncomfortable truth if you take time to think about it.  This verse says  that the God who is light and joy and all things good is also the author and bringer of darkness, even difficulty and trouble.

Imagine you’ve taken a walk alone into the woods.  The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and life is beautiful.  In this heavenly place, you find a tree just off the path and sit down in its shade.  Soon enough, the wonder of the place draws your head to drowsiness, your eyelids close, and you dream happy dreams.

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Righteousness Goes Before Him

I love it when I’m reading the Bible and I “discover” a verse that “wasn’t there before.”  This morning, Psalm 85:13 stood out to me:  “Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.”

On the one side, the coming of Jesus into our lives makes us righteous, purifies us.  His feet are like burning bronze, fire (Revelation 1:15), and when he steps in, he burns up all the garbage.

But on the other side, continuing in holiness prepares the way for him to work in us.  When I live a holy life, a separate life, I become a place welcoming to the Spirit.  Paul wrote, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”  If I can grieve him, then surely I can be welcoming to him, too.

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