Have you ever noticed that you can’t have a torch of Darkness? Torches are always light.
The closest thing I can think of to a torch of darkness is a very dim flashlight or putting your phone on 0% light; you can see it in a dark room but if you walk outside into the sunlight you can’t tell that the light is on at all.
Darkness is the absence of light. If you have a dark room, all you have to do is open the window shades or the door during the day, and the room is no longer dark.
You can’t walk into a room full of light and turn on the dark. You walk into a room full of light and turn off the light. Or you walk into a room full of darkness and turn on the light.
The Apostle John says of Jesus,
“In Him was life and the life was the light of men. The light shines in darkness and the darkness does not overcome it.” John 1:4,5
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NIV
We who are followers of Jesus need never walk in darkness because we are following the light. And yet we cower at all the displays of Darkness that we see around us as though we do not see the Light that is before us.
How can this be?
- Could it be that we are not truly looking at and following Jesus, who is the Light?
- Could it be that we are not reading and studying His word?
- Could it be that we have gone astray and are only able to see the darkness because we have allowed other things to block our view of the Lord?
If so, let’s call out to Him to come and rescue us and get us back on the path where we belong, following Him who is the Good Shepherd and the Light of the world.
“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.” 1 John 1:5 NLT
If all of us who claim to be followers of Christ would be reflecting and shining His light in our own surroundings, the darkness would be greatly reduced.
For darkness cannot overpower the light.
Light overpowers the darkness.
If we have the light, we need to turn it on.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 NASB
Today I am thankful for light.
I’m thankful that Jesus is the Light of the world.
I’m thankful that God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all, not even a little tiny bit.
I’m thankful that He has given us the light to shine in the darkness that surrounds us.
I’m thankful that we can find His light in His word.
What about you? Do you sometimes forget to look at the Light of the World for so long that all you can see is the spiritual darkness around you? Is the reality of darkness more real than the reality of light? How does this post speak to you?