The opposite of acknowledging the Lord is ignoring Him. People ignore the Lord for various reasons. I have done so too, and I can say that life is lonely without Him. Truly lonely! And without God I do not even seem to be able to connect with other people very well. Nothing really works. It pretty much reminds me of a power outage. Acknowledging the Lord on the other hand is basically turning the power back on. It is so much better to acknowledge Him and see the Lord at work in our lives. Jesus says about Himself (John 8:12):
“I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
If you go on a hike before Sunrise without a flashlight you will experience what it means to walk in the dark. We need to see the light to know where we’re going.
This morning I admired a beautiful sunrise. I witnessed how the horizon lights up long before the Sun actually shows up. As the Sun progresses higher and higher, the scenery around me is dipped in light. What I find wildly fascinating is that light not only helps me recognize the things around me, it also provides color. Before the Sun came up everything around me looked grey. That changed dramatically with the dawning daylight.
In the same way, the Light of the World, Jesus, dips my life in color, I can personally attest to that. My life is so much more colorful with the Lord in my life, and I know that this is true for every life well lived. He comes to us like the winter rains; he softens the soil of our hearts and gives us the opportunity to thrive.
“Rain, rain, rain, rain beautiful rain! Oh come to me beautiful rain!” (Joseph Shabalala)