Who with us would willfully choose to live their life in complete darkness and isolation? Who would reject their eyesight along with their hearing if given the opportunity? What if you awakened to find there was no one around, nothing to see, no stray light at all and absolute silence as well. Would you remain in place hoping for some sort of rescue or would you try to venture off into the total silent blackness hoping to find a light somewhere in the distance?
After a what seems like a short while, you’re not only starving to death, but your tongue is sticking to your cheeks because of thirst. The thought of a perpetual unconsciousness (the secular conception of death) may even seem to be preferable to the current realization of nothingness you would be existing in. A couple of weeks later (if your mind survives it that long) you begin to realize that the death of consciousness which you have begun to long for has escaped you.
In the long darkness of many months you begin to wonder if you can even trust your feet when they tell you that you are still venturing onward through the darkness. Maybe you just thought you were walking. Maybe, in reality, your are just a head sitting on a dark shelf in the middle of nothing. Any light, even the dimmest candle from a great distance would seem bright in this place. After many days (let alone months or years) of experiencing that, even the slightest glow would bring comfort and hope. Maybe that was what it was like at the beginning of the first day. (Genesis 1:2-3)
If you ever found yourself in a hell like that, what would you be desiring / seeking while you were there? What would you be hoping? Who would knowingly go to that kind of place?
I can only imagine what it must have been like on Day #1 at the moment when God spoke and suddenly something meaningful illuminated the darkness and lit a path out of confusion, that moment when Truth made Himself evident to the rest of creation like a savior, like a redeemer. (Genesis 1:2-3, John 1:1-7)
And now, concerning that dark hell, who would you prevent from going there and what lengths would you go to keep them from that fate? How long would you let them wander off in that direction, themselves unaware of what lay ahead of them. How would you go about it and what would you tell them?
There is a reason why we shouldn’t place our lamps under a bushel. It’s the same reason that you waited on a light during the dark journey mentioned above. There are those out there who need the same things that you (now rescued) once needed. If that isolated emptiness were what the future holds for those that don’t seek Truth then wouldn’t you want someone to wake you up from that eventual fate. How many people do you know that you would be willing to see suffer an existence like that?
Truth remains unchanging and reliable. It exists in the form of the Word of God which is Jesus Christ. That means that it has always been there and will always be there. The bearers of it’s light in these last days are few and far between and they bring an immeasurable amount of comfort to those in what seems to be an ever darkening world.
I don’t think that it is a matter of whether God would quit speaking, but rather whether we continue to have eyes to see and ears to hear His Truth? A teacher used to say at the end of every get together:
“Every day in His Word is a good day, even with trouble. Jesus is the living Word.”
That is true. So long as God speaks, there is hope for all who are able to see and hear it. Jesus is literally the Word of God and therefore He is the light and comfort in a distracting and confusing world.
Mat 7:12-14 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.