When Light Meets Darkness

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5).

The Bible, particularly the Gospel of John, uses contrasting symbols to portray spiritual truth. Some examples would be truth and lie, water and thirst, love and hate and, of course, light and darkness. The term “darkness” often refers to spiritual darkness:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Similarly, Scripture speaks of light to convey spiritual truth:

“For the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true” (Ephesians 5:9).

We could cite many more passages, but let’s remember this truth: God provides the light we need to act wisely and follow His lead. When people stumble in spiritual darkness, they try to make things work all on their own, or they follow someone they should not. When we come to know God, He leads us in godly paths and gives us His wisdom.

Many today fear that the world will soon be engulfed in darkness. As the forces of darkness mount, God has encouraging words for His children who walk in His light:

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

We should follow the light and walk in the light:

“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).

Jesus’ light shines in the darkness, but the darkness cannot overtake it. Encourage yourself with this truth: God provides His wonderful light that alights our way in a world of increasing darkness.

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