photo from Heroes.
The naughty seat is a time-out seat. It’s a chance for us to stop wailing long enough to start understanding. The naughty seat is an opportunity for God’s children to turn and accept the warm embrace of life found in their heavenly Father.
Isaiah, a person just like you or me who knows the darkness of this world, also knows our God. And so he says in chapter 8 verse 17: “My only hope is in him.” He also reports in chapter 9 verse 1, “that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever.”
The Good News today is that darkness will not always reign. There is a coming respite for our bleeding, bruised stubbed toes and soul. Isaiah informs us that the time of oppression will come to an end. He says, “there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light- a light that will shine on all who live in the land where death casts its shadow."
For those who walk around in the darkness, feeling your way, devoid of power, wishing you could see, longing for that moment when the electricity of life will come on, for you there is HOPE. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light.
God does not enjoy seeing people wallow around in captivity to darkness. Jesus once stood up in a synagogue and read a scroll from the book of Isaiah 61. That passage reads like this: “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”
God does not leave people alone in the misery of darkness. God comes to get those who walk in darkness. Isaiah 60:20 says, “The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem, says the Lord, “to buy back those in Israel who have turned from their sins. And this is my covenant with them, says the Lord. My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken!”