Why are We Satisfied Living in Light so Dim????
by F/S Tom Hatch
reprinted with permission from the Newsletter of the Military Christian
Fellowship of New Zealand, July/August 2000
If we were to turn off the lights in our lounge in the evening or even go
outside at night we would find that, after a few minutes, what appeared to
be really dark is not so dark, as our pupils dilate and allow more light
in. We think, "Hey, this isn't so bad, I can see OK," and so we carry on
functioning in what we thought was dark and is now only dim. BUT if we were
to introduce a light source, no matter how bright, suddenly all
darkness...doesn't matter how dim or dark it is...ALL darkness is banished
in the presence of light.
Q. Why are we so easily satisfied with what we only assume to be good
In 2 Kings 7:3-8 we read about four lepers who decided that they had
nothing to lose in going out to the Syrian camp and seeking refuge and
food. They arrived to find the camp deserted. Entering the first tent they
came to, they found food, silver, gold, and clothing. They ate, took some
"loot", and hid it. On their return they were in the process of doing the
same again then decided that the king of their city needed to know about
There are some key points of note here:
Let's dwell on those points for a moment.
- the lepers realised they had nothing to lose and, as such, the "dead have nothing to fear".
- The Syrian camp was large enough to house an army superior enough to hold the entire city of Samaria in a siege.
- The basic set up on an army camp is to have the outside tents generally those of the lowest ranks and, we can surmise, they were considered dispensable.
- At these "outside" tents lepers found food, silver, gold, and clothing.
Q. Why don't we go to the centre of the camp? Why is it that we are so
easily satisfied with the silver and gold and clothes when if we went to
the "Commander-in-Chief's" tent and looked for Him the riches that He would
provide would "blow our minds"!!!
- The Lord calls us to "die daily" to our selfish ways...if we can do that
we have nothing to lose and, as such, can "go boldly where others fear to
- Think of the prophet's servant who feared that encompassing enemy. When
Elijah prayed and asked the Lord to open the servant's eyes, what did he
see? The hills around about were lined with the fiery chariots, etc.
"Greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world!"
- In the "camp of the Lord" it doesn't matter where you have your tent. If
you are where God has told you to be, then it is as important as if you
were at the centre of the camp.
- The lepers only went as far as the outside tents!!!!! Imagine what they
would have found at the centre of the camp where the commander-in-chief of
the Syrians would have been. The riches would have blown their minds!!!
Proverbs 16:15 states... "In the light of the King's face is life, and His
favour is as showers of the latter rain."
I would like to issue a challenge to us all...
Let us not be satisfied with the outer tents of God's camp. Let us go to
the centre of the camp as if we have nothing to lose. Let us not stumble
around in only "half-light" but seek the Light of the King's Face and dwell
there under His covering and leadership, seeking to worship Him regardless
of our own lives.
God bless you all, may you be Carriers of the Fragrance of Heaven, surrounded
by His Light and Fire.
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