Light of Darkness, Harbinger of Day

Benjamin J. Stein in The American Spectator said, “It’s a lot better to hope than not to.”

There is a passage at the opening of the Agamemnon of Aeschylus.

A lonely watchman crouches in the damp night on the roof of the palace. Night after night, month after month, he scans the dark sky, waiting for the gleam of the bonfire that will announce the fall of Troy, and the ending of the Trojan War.

Suddenly, one night like all the others, he sees the flames leaping triumphantly in the sky. Now the watchman, his long wait over, leaps to his feet, and shouts with renewed hope, “All hail, thou light of darkness, harbinger of day!”

According to Romans 8:25, hope is a union of desire and expectation. Hebrews 6:18 and 19 says, “to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul.”

In ancient times, there was a practice that was common in the harbors of the Mediterranean, and other inland seas.

In every harbor was a great stone, and usually a number of such stones. Those rocks served as anchors, and as a mooring for the small vessels, but also had another important function. Sometimes, small ships could not, by means of their sails, make their way to secure mooring in the harbor. When this would happen, a “forerunner” would go ashore in a smaller boat with a line from the larger vessel which would be anchored fast to the rock that was “sure and steadfast,” being of great strength in the ground. Those on the little ships had only to “hold fast” to the line, and, by means of patient, persistent effort, gradually “draw near” to the shore. This is what the writer to the Hebrews had in mind. Every child of God has an anchor of hope in the difficulties of life, Christ, Who will safely keep us.

“Listen, Christian, wait and pray, and keep looking for the sunrise. God will surely send a fresh blessing. For ours is a wait – not a wake” (Robert H. Schuller).

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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