By Gail Marsh
The Lord came from Mount Sinai and dawned upon us from Mount Seir; he shone forth from Mount Paran and came from Meribah-kadesh with flaming fire at his right hand. Indeed, he loves his people; all his holy ones are in his hands (Deuteronomy 33:2–3 NLT).
Venice, Italy, is the home of the magnificent Palazzo Ducale. This Gothic-style palace functions as a center for cultural events in Venice. It also houses many works of art. One particular painting found there has four panels. Entitled Visions of the Hereafter, it was painted by the fifteenth-century artist Hieronymus Bosch.
One of the painting’s four panels features a large tunnel. Light emanates from the end of this tunnel partially illuminating the lower half of the painting, which is shrouded in darkness. In this darkness, angels escort people up and into the tunnel. The artist titled this panel of his painting “Ascent of the Blessed.”
I wonder whether the expression “the light at the end of the tunnel” came from Bosch’s painting. Much more important, though, is this question: “Does the painting align with what God says in his Word?” To answer that, reread Deuteronomy 33:2–3. Do you see any darkness?
Perhaps Bosch missed something, something critical to each adopted child of God. The Bible reminds us that our Lord has come to be with us, to be with us right now! He isn’t waiting around at the end of some tunnel, his fingers crossed and hoping that one way or another we will successfully battle the evil around us and eventually make our way home to him.
Not at all! In his cross and resurrection Jesus already won that battle! His love and power surround us now and forever.
All of us experience dark days. Rejection stings. Illness brings pain. Loneliness aches. Disappointment threatens to overwhelm. But . . . God is with us!
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me (Psalm 139:9–10 ESV).
Even in the darkest times our Savior guards and strengthens us. He works in every detail of our lives for our good. He is with us. Always!
Prayer starter: Remind me, Lord, of your power and light, especially . . .
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is taken from CTA’s women’s ministry devotion book Precious and Dearly Loved. The five weeks of devotions in the book remind women of God’s all-encompassing love—a personal, powerful, never-ending love that is especially comforting to women battling breast cancer.
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