YOU’RE THE ANSWER BY REV. DR. CHRIS OYAKHILOME.
Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name (Psalm 74:20-21).
Significantly, the Hebrew word translated “earth” above is “erets,” which also refers to a world or nation. The dark places of the earth or of the nations are places where actions of cruelty and wickedness: genocides, terrorism, wars etc., have found a breeding ground. They refer to injurious and malevolent lands and environments where vicious acts of wickedness are in manifest operation; places governed by agents of darkness and the principalities of evil.
What was God’s answer to the cries coming from these dark regions of the world? First, He sent His Word (Psalm 107:20), in the Person of Jesus. John 1:14 tells us that the Word became flesh, and dwelt amongst us. God’s solution was packaged in the man, Christ Jesus, who came as the Saviour of the world. However, after His crucifixion, burial and resurrection, He ascended to heaven; but not without commissioning us, the Church, to continue the work that He started. Isaiah 53:10 says, “…he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.”
We’re the seed of Jesus Christ; His reproduction; and through us, the ministry that He started continues. He gave us the power of attorney to use His Name, and His Word to live by. Now, you’re God’s light to the dark regions of the world today. When Jesus came, He said, “…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). Then in Matthew 5:14, He said concerning you and me, “Ye are the light of the world….”
The dark places of the earth might have been filled with the habitations of cruelty, but you’re the one to do something about it. You’re the light of the world; so don’t be quiet. Preach the Gospel; shine the light of God’s Word into the dark regions of the earth.