Have you ever been in complete darkness, physically? Where there was absolutely no light? I have and it’s an experience I will never forget. I held my hand to my face but could not see anything. It was complete darkness.
During Hurricane Floyd in 1999, I had walked outside to my automobile and started driving to see if I could make it to our home church near our home where my Mother and I were members. If I could make the drive, my Mother and I were going to stay there until the storm passed over. It was so dark until I was actually scared because I could not see a thing. I returned to my Mother’s home and we waited out the storm.
As a child when my parents would discipline me, they knew that I was “frightened” of the dark. This was very often my punishment to go into their bedroom at night and close the door for a long period of time. And I slowly went into their bedroom, I cried and hugged the door. Sooner or later I should have got the message and behaved then I would not have to go into a dark room.
There is so much darkness in our world today. Many of us are touched personally by the darkness. I grieve over situations and wonder what God is doing. Why does a small child have to deal with chemo? Why do women suffocate their children? Why will a grown man rape a child? Where is God in all of this? I don’t have the answers. What keeps me believing and trusting God when I am faced with tragedy, heartache and grief? I may not understand the darkness around me or what purpose it serves, but I know the One who does.
Morally and religiously, our culture has traded light for darkness. In a time of inverted values, we can have hope. God is still seeking for those who will turn to Him in repentance.
Light is essential to our daily lives. The only way to get rid of the darkness is to add more light. Only light is powerful enough to make the darkness disappear. During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made it clear that we are the light of the world. We are called to shine. But the light we share is not our own. From the very beginning of creation, “Darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”
Think of a world full of darkness. Then with four small words, light blazes forth. Every living thing in our world depends on light for its existence — plants, animals and people. The God who brought light to the world also brings it to our lives. 2 Corinthians 4: 6(a); “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts.”
Do you wonder if the Lord has forgotten about you? Are you desperate for a ray of hope in a world that seems to be falling apart? Psalms 23 assures us that the Lord never leaves us.
Psalm 23:4; “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, ‘for you are with me,’ Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.” “Salmawet” is Hebrew for “shadow of death” and means deep darkness. In this verse God informs us that we do not have to fear evil in that valley, the One who allowed the shadow, the One who allowed the deep darkness is always with us. Psalm 23:5 gives us even more reason to remember that God has not forgotten about us. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.”
Darkness is that place where evil hides and evil deeds can be indulged, unobserved. Nobody sees you in the dark. No one is there to hold you back. You do exactly what you want. Darkness is the evil that holds men in their sin and motivates people to indulge in sin. The darkness that holds people in their sin is an internal darkness of the heart that sins because it wants to. Man loves darkness because their deeds are evil. Right has become wrong and wrong has become right.
1 Peter 2:9; “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of Him who has called you “out of darkness” into His marvelous light.” Darkness refers to all that is opposed to God. The word “out” in Greek is “ek” and the word translated “called’ is “kalesantos.” Together they for “ekklesia” which means “called out.”
1 John 1: 5-7; “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you; God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son purifies us from all sin.”
When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Our world is dark and can leave us lost, confused, and unsure of the thing around us. Jesus’ Words brings light into our dark world. The light may be small, and we may stumble in the darkness, but that small light can illuminate the darkest corners of the world.
God has called us out of darkness and into light! It is a call first of all to salvation, to turn from sin and embrace Christ by faith alone. Let us no longer fear the dark, as children we once did. But let us overcome it by faith in Christ, Who is the light of New Life alive and at work in us, to the Praise of the glory of His grace.
Sinner come “out of darkness” before you enter into everlasting darkness. Fellow believer, let us be indeed and in truth children of light. God has called us “out of darkness” into His marvelous light.”
Thank You, Father, that when we don’t understand the reasons for what happens in the darkness, we can remember that you acted to right the wrong and to restore our world as it was meant to be and our relationship with you. In the name of Christ Jesus. Amen.
Milley Brewington is a guest columnist for The Sampson Independent.