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Duty in Darkness




For nearly two weeks the skies of New England had been eerily dim. There was an ominous feeling in the air and an unnatural lack of light. Many of the religious people familiar with Bible prophecies presumed this to be a time of God’s displeasure and impending wrath. This day was May 19, 1780 and called “The Dark Day.”  Earlier on that day, the House of Representatives in Connecticut had adjourned because the looming darkness was determined to be an impediment to their ability to conduct business. However, the Colony Council meeting in the same Hall continued in session. As they were discussing what they should do because of the foreboding dimness, respected Councilman, Abraham Davenport, spoke against an appeal for adjournment. His words have been preserved for posterity: “I am against adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching or it is not.  If it is not, there is no cause for an adjournment; if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish therefore that candles may be brought.” The Council chose to follow his wise recommendation. They continued with their daily itinerary.

We live in a time of descending darkness. Sin and sinners are increasing, violence and indecency are escalating, and fear and hopelessness are daily encroaching. As God’s children we can resign ourselves to the darkness and lament its imposed inhibitions or we can resolve ourselves to our Christian duty. We are to be lights in a world of darkness. We can do this by sharing the light of the Gospel with those who cannot see the way to God. We can also bring more light of truth into our lives and to the lives of those we love by purposely exposing ourselves to the truths of His Word. The more truth we inhale the more light we can expel. Dispel the darkness!

Take another course in BBN Bible Institute (; inspire a friend or acquaintances to sign up and find more light for these dark days.

Written By:   Shannon Dyess    Date Posted:  5/19/2016 3:36 PM
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