Light and darkness

This week’s blog post reflects on the metaphor of light and darkness in the Bible.

In the Bible, we are told that God is light. In 1 John 1:5, the Apostle writes –“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”

When we are in darkness, we can be encouraged that God lives in us and so we have a light that will never go out.

Whenever we suffer, we look forward to the time when the difficulty will be over and we can experience relief. We continuously look to God to remove the pain. However, during the dark times we have to learn that God’s light is still always shining amidst the gloom. We have to learn how to trust God and learn to see His light in the night. When you follow God, you are never fully in the darkness, his light is always there. When you experience God’s light in your darkness, that changes your whole experience and attitude towards darkness.

God’s light will guide you day and night. You might not know what to do far into the future, but  God gives just enough light for the exact moment you need it. Trust that the light from God is sufficient. When you are walking in darkness, take comfort in God’s light. No matter how dark your life is, in God you have an abundance of light.

Devote yourself to prayer and reading the Bible, so that when the false light comes, you can recognize it and return to God, the true light.

God allows darkness to come into our life because some things can only be learnt in the darkness.

Darkness can be a test, it enables us to grow spiritually and teaches us about God.

When you are in darkness, look for God’s light – His goodness and guidance. God’s light is always there, even in the darkness, but you have to look for it. Good can always come out of any situation, look for the light in the darkness. Reach out for God.

Darkness can lead you to a greater awareness of God’s presence as the greater the darkness, the more zealously you seek Him.

God enables us to be confident about His light by letting us test it in the darkness. When this happens, don’t be afraid. God has created darkness in this case to benefit you. Isaiah 45:7 tells us – “I form the light and create darkness”.

When you are experiencing great darkness, not able to see anything, be comforted by the fact that God is with you and that He hasn’t forsaken you.

Sometimes the greatest light comes after the deepest darkness.

Sometimes when things are dark, you may feel that you aren’t in God’s will. If you are in the dark because you have sinned, repent and God will lead you out of it. However, if you have been obeying God, you are in God’s will. God at times will lead you to darkness to grow your faith. Don’t be afraid of the dark, but see it as a good place to be. When the darkness surrounds you, God’s light inside you will shine brighter. God will give you light right where you are, just take God’s hand and walk with Him.

Be courageous and go on a journey where God’s light is your only light. Give God permission to lead you wherever He wants.

Don’t worry if you can’t predict the future. Trust in God even if you can’t see clearly ahead. And don’t have regrets about the past. Focus on the fact that you have God now. God is your light. And that’s all that matters.

When you are in the dark, try to see God’s light. God wants us to depend on Him so we can walk with Him on the path He has laid out for us. He wants us to come to Him so we can sense His presence always. There is a darkness that is not like the darkness of evil or the darkness of our disobedience. There is a darkness where God places His treasures. “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, who calls you by your name, am the God of Israel.” The treasure we find in the darkness is God.

God uses darkness to increase our knowledge of Him. The more difficult our situation, the more desperately we cling to God. Darkness can help reveal God’s great love and grace towards us. Sometimes, there are things that God can only teach us in the dark.

Sometimes what seems like the darkest step we’ve ever been on comes just before the brightest light we’ve ever experienced.

He wants us to trust Him so completely that He can take us on a journey where His light is our only light. Then when we take His hand, He can lead us anywhere.