While tucking your children into bed, it may be okay to tell them not to be afraid when you turn out the light, the message to us as adults from the word of God is … Doom to you who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness in place of light and light in place of darkness. (Isaiah 5:20) … Cast the unprofitable servant into utter darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:30). This was not written to scare us but rather to warn us. Yes, I believe we are to be fearful of living in darkness.
The word of God, the Bible, is very clear on its description of darkness versus light. Anyone can clearly see that being able to see in the light is compared to being blind in the darkness. This is clearly calling darkness evil, destroying, deceiving and not seeing a way out of damnation while the light is the way we should go to receive an eternity with God.
The Bible tells us from Genesis through Revelation what is in darkness … In other words what is “not of God,” not the way of God or not approved of God. The message of the word is about light, how to receive it and how to walk in it to achieve the good end God has prepared for those who receive His Son.
John 1:5 tells us … The light shined in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (KJV) Everything was created through him; nothing — not one thing! — came into being without him. What came into existence was life and the life was light to live by. The life-light blazed out of the darkness, the darkness couldn’t put it out. (John 1:3-5 The Message)
John 3:19 tells us … And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (Exposed for what they are).
However God’s will for us is to come to the light … Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high has visited us, (Jesus) to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78-79.
Jesus said : I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. John 12:46 Then spoke Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Jesus also told them to walk with him lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes. It’s hard to see in partial darkness but we are totally blind in utter darkness.
Romans 12:12 warns us … The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light (death comes at a time we least expect).
I like the way The Message Bible says it … The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourself in Christ, and be up and about! (Romans 12:12-14)
I could have written many, many, many more scripture warning us and encouraging us to seek the light; however there is not room here for all of them, but there is a reason I’m writing this today … To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sacrificed by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:18)
We need not fear darkness when we are in Christ Jesus, the light!
The writer is an evangelist, chaplain and member of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church of God, Sidney.