"Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them."
This scripture is to the prophets and priests that are teaching and predicting the future for money... and it struck me today because of the extreme bleakness of the whole thing. "night shall be unto you" is pretty stark. And God is basically saying... I won't talk to you. The heavens will be closed. You won't see or predict a thing, because you'll be in the dark, and unable to see anything, let alone the future... because you're doing all of this for money or for power rather than for me. ... definitely some mistakes I don't want to make, and anything that brings a scripture like this down on my head I would prefer to stay far away from. But even for those of us who aren't priests or prophets, I think it still applies in a way. I think it reminds us how careful we need to be with the power and the authority that God has given us... and we all have some, maybe a little, or maybe a lot. But when any of us misuse that power that he grants us and start using it for selfish gain rather than genuinely helping the people around us... then it shall be dark unto us as well. Night shall be unto us... unless we walk in the light, in the day, and do what we can to fulfill our responsibilities and use our blessings for good. :) God won't allow us to use his gifts for evil for very long, and our lives will get darker and darker. ... So today, let's remember to avoid the shadows, and walk in the light... helping other people and keeping our souls out of the darkness. :)