God Moves at MidnightWritten by FBCLA Support on May 23, 2016 in BlogChurch OutreachHope-Net - No Comments
Dear FBCLA Family and Friends:
In my devotional reading this morning, I came across an excerpt from “The Cloud of Unknowing” that I would like to share with you to reflect on as we continue our journey as a congregation of committed believers in Jesus Christ –
“Do not give up… When you first begin, you find only darkness and as it were a cloud of unknowing. You don’t know what this means except that you feel a simple, steadfast intention reaching out toward God… Reconcile yourself to wait in this darkness as long as is necessary, but still go on longing after Him who you love.”
That, my friend is what worship is all about. Worship should be at the center of everything we do. When we are in an attitude of worship – even in the darkness of our lives, God is still moving. Look at the passage from Acts 16:25-26 as confirmation:
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
As I meditated on that excerpt and this scripture, I was reminded of the association between darkness and midnight. Friends, there is something sacred in the midnight hour. It is that thin space of 60 seconds that separates yesterday from a new day. “Midnight,” the cusp that brings the promise of fresh possibilities, is a time of change. While we are sleep, midnight quietly buries yesterday’s disappointments and birth’s new beginnings.
God moves at midnight. There is power at midnight, breakthroughs come in the midnight hour, deliverance comes in the midnight hour. Moses knew this when at midnight, God struck down Egypt’s first born. In Psalms 119, the Psalmist rose in His distress at midnight; Paul and Silas prayed and sang unto the Lord, and the chains were broken. And it will be the midnight hour that Bridegroom himself has promised to return.
In the quiet moments of the new day, beckoned out of sleep, arise to partake in this sacred stillness. Forego the comfort of the bed and surrender to the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit. Though darkness engulfs night, midnight is the dawn of a new day. Rise to embrace the midnights of your soul with joy, with praise, with prayer.
Let us pray: Almighty God, help Your Church to embrace the midnights of our soul as a time of renewal that brings transformation through Christ, Jesus our Lord, Amen.
With Hope, Pastor Bullock