Hey Friends! I pray your Monday is off to a fabulous start! There is so much to be thankful for as we begin this new week. Our two Manna Monday verses are combined into one this week.
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
Nothing can hide us from being seen by God. If we think hiding in the darkness will keep us away from God's view, we are deceived. Often people think if they conduct their business at night, no one will see or know what they are up to. Not true. God knows.
To help us wrap our minds around verse 12, there are a few Hebrew meanings that will help us to discern what's being said.
The Hebrew word for darkness in verse 12 is choshek(kho-shek')which literally means the darkness. It figuratively means misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness -dark(-ness), night, obscurity.
The phrase shall be light translates to 'owr (ore),meaning illumination or (concrete) luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.) -- bright, clear, + day, light (-ning), morning, sun.
"For the darkness is as light to you" literally means the darkness is as "bright, clear, daylight" to God. He sees everything that goes on in the night: the destruction, the ignorance of people thinking they are hiding, the sorrow that goes on in the night, the wickedness. What people think is obscure to everyone else is not obscure to God. He sees it all.
A lot of times we read in the morning paper, or wake up to watch the morning news and find out what evil deeds have taken place during the night. It is unsettling to us. But it should not be because God is in control, all knowing and the night is as "light" to Him. Remembering this truth should give us peace when we consider what is hidden in the night. It's as light to Him.
What a treasure from God's word to ponder and consider this week.
Have a great Monday!