These things we have heard from Christ and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

1 John 1: 5

 

It has been my experience that darkness is sneaky. It can overcome a perfectly bright day with a suddenness that is disorienting. At other times it just slowly and subtly moves into my mind and my heart until all of the clear vision that was present has been obscured by its dark curtains of ambiguity. Ideas that were solid, actions that appeared to be righteous, and a path that seemed to lead me along sound footing can become distorted and shrouded with doubt. This is the effect that Satan wants to have on us, and this process of bringing darkness into our lives is one of his favorite devices.

 

Yet, when the path through life starts getting murky and doubts about what is good and righteous begin to swirl in my mind, this is a true sign that I am trying to figure it all out on my own and that I am not fully seeking God’s will and His desire as I set my course through my day. As I head out into the dark corners of this world, places where there is great need for Christ and for His true light, forces that are oriented toward darkness do attempt to cause confusion and distress in my mind and in my heart. Still, I cling to the fact that where God is, there is light. When Christ is leading, the path is well lit. If I am seeking to know and understand Christ through His Word and by the revelation of His Spirit, the Lord’s glory will surround me.

 

Based upon this fact, I should examine each and every aspect of my life where truth and love do not overcome fear and anger, and I need to continue to look for that truth in God’s Word until all of the thoughts and the actions that I engage in conform to His righteousness. For the closer I am to Christ, the more I will be standing in the center of the source of all light; and the longer I stay in this light, the more my heart will be transformed into a light filled vessel, which will lead me confidently into the way of the Lord’s brilliant truth.

 

This is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

1 John 1: 5

 

Sadly, there is darkness all around us in this life. It creeps into the room like a fog and fills our surroundings with gloom as it seems to absorb all of the visual space. Some of the time it is just present. I get the sense that it dwells in a location or in its people as if it were their true identity. When I started off by saying that the presence of darkness was sad, I was stating my own perspective, for not everyone attempts to avoid those darkened places. Some people are drawn to the dark with its power and its concealment.

 

Christ changes all of this. He brought the light of God’s presence into the darkness of human souls. He also carried, as His own nature, the glory of God’s righteousness from Heaven to touch Creation with the hand of restoration. The darkness of sin fractures. It tears apart the structures of this world and attempts to break the bond that the true word of God established to hold all together. That evil cloud enshrouds people’s hearts and minds, and as it does so, it fractures relationships with God and among people.

 

This light that Christ brings, He also imparts to the people who follow Him. As the Holy Spirit dwells in us, His presence transfuses our entire being with God’s holy light. The brightness of Christ’s love, grace, and righteousness is something that should not be concealed or suppressed. By nature, it wants to pour out into the world. It desires to shout forth with songs of praise and worship to God. As we engage with God’s calling to proclaim His Christ as Lord and Savior, we can do so with like-minded intent and purpose. The light of Christ’s presence is designed to restore people to relationship with God and with each other, and our proclamation of Christ can bring about that same result.

These things we have heard from Christ and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

1 John 1: 5

It has been my experience that darkness is sneaky. It can overcome a perfectly bright day with a suddenness that is disorienting. At other times it just slowly and subtly moves into my mind and my heart until all of the clear vision that was present has been obscured by its dark curtains of ambiguity. Ideas that were solid, actions that appeared to be righteous, and a path that seemed to lead me along sound footing can become distorted and shrouded with doubt. This is the effect that Satan wants to have on us, and this process of bringing darkness into our lives is one of his favorite devices.

Yet, when the path through life starts getting murky and doubts about what is good and righteous begin to swirl in my mind, this is a true sign that I am trying to figure it all out on my own and that I am not fully seeking God’s will and His desire as I set my course through my day. Where God is, there is light. When Christ is leading, the path is well lit. If I am seeking to know and understand Christ through His word and by the revelation of His Spirit, the Lord’s glory will surround me.

Based upon this fact, I need to examine each and every aspect of my life where truth and love do not overcome fear and anger, and I need to continue to look for that truth in God’s Word until all of the thoughts and the actions that I engage in conform to His righteousness. For the closer I am to God, the more I will be standing in the center of the source of all light; and the longer I stay in this light, the more my heart will be transformed into a light filled vessel.