When you were young, did you hold your breath as you rode through a tunnel? We did! And man, some of those tunnels were long!
Reading through Kings,Chronicles and their accompanying prophetic counterparts is like going through a long, dark tunnel. It seems the living breath needed to survive is being held back intentionally. Only once in awhile, do we get to sneak a breath of life giving oxygen when some king comes up to "do what was right in the sight of the LORD."
Jotham was such a king. He was a breath of fresh air. He was honorable and was able to regain for Jerusalem, some of its lost treasure stores. During his reign, Isaiah proclaims:
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.
Those of us who are post resurrection Christians cannot hear this verse in the same way the people of Isaiah's era did. We can only hear it as a prophetic announcement of Jesus Christ's incarnation. The gospel of John liberally uses this Old Testament text to point to the incredible "rightness" of Christ as he did all that was "right in the sight of the LORD."
But here is what I am learning from today's passage: anytime anyone walks in the paths of the LORD, light dawns; for it is the path of the LORD that is Christ--the way, the truth and the life. When Jesus proclaims, I am the light of the world, a dark earth greets its Great Light. But then Jesus proclaims, YOU are the light of the world.
The world is traveling in a dark, dark tunnel, holding its breath, hoping for fresh air and light to dawn upon it.
You just might be part of the flashlight squad.
You just might be part of the resuscitation team.
It's what you've been created and saved to be!