“But there will be no more gloom
for those who were in anguish…”
Isaiah 9: 1a (NRSV)
“But there’ll be no darkness
for those who were in trouble…”
Isaiah 9: 1a (The Message Translation)
Whether it is gloom and anguish or darkness and trouble — the coming of The Messiah means no more of it. No more gloom, anguish, darkness and trouble.
This promise is special to me. I used to think that I was in a battle against darkness. I used to fear that trouble would win the day because I was no certainly no match. But then, I was reminded that The One who is coming has already won the battle against darkness. Trouble has an expiration date. My job is not to win the battle but to stand as a witness.
Most days, standing takes everything I’ve got. But that’s my one job! Witness and affirm…no more gloom…One is coming who will pierce the night forever.