Come Now, and Let Us Reason Together about, LIGHT & DARKNESS
By guest contributor LTBWM
A good friend once shared with me, the absolute darkness he witnessed in a cavern beneath the earth’s surface. Anyone who has ever had the experience of going down into one of the earth’s pits and having the staged lights doused can attest to the resulting total blackness. Having also had that experience, I can express with certainty how disorienting and disconcerting it was. It created a sense of helplessness.
It is absolutely astonishing how much light one small candle can create in such a dark environment. The candlelight penetrates the darkness, pushing it back, controlling the darkness if you will, so that one can find their bearings, and overcome the sense of despair perpetrated by the darkness. I daresay that the longer one has experienced such darkness, the more they savor the comfort produced by the light of a single candle.
With that picture in mind, let us look to 2 Corinthians 4:4, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (NASB). Like the pitch blackness of a cave, Satan’s darkness blinds unbelievers and inhibits their ability to clearly see the saving truth of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
However, as believers we are not overcome by Satan’s darkness. 1Thess. 5:4, 5 (NASB) says, “But you brethren are not in darkness, – – – for you are all sons of light and sons of day.” As disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, we must understand that we are like that candle, we are Christ’s “light in this world” (Matt. 5:14), and that we are not to “hide our light under a basket” (Matt. 5:15), but to place it out for all to see, “to the glory of our Father” (Matt. 5:16).
We need to understand that it is light that penetrates the darkness. Darkness can only exist with the absence of light. Even the light from the smallest candle pushes back the darkness, revealing that which could not be seen. As believers we have the power to push back Satan’s darkness and make Christ’s path visible to those with the eyes to see. We must understand that no matter how tiny Christ’s light in us might be, that light is a beacon to the lost. It gives hope and more significantly, that light can help lead the lost to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
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