"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." - John 1:5
TROUBLE WITH THE DARKNESS
When my children were young one of them was having some trouble with the darkness in his room at night. As the days passed, this fear seemed to grow with each passing night. Facing this problem with him, I told him of a discovery that I read in which scientists had found that light particles actually exist in darkness. This seemed to ease his mind as he drifted off into a peaceful sleep. This was also of particular interest to me because the Bible teaches that God is omnipresent, which means that there is no place where He does not exist, even in darkness.
Psalm 18:11, tells us that God actually makes darkness His “secret” place. What does this mean for us in times of apparent darkness? Is there a hidden lesson or illumination in dark times for us to gain more of an understanding of God’s plan for our lives?
The first mention of the word “darkness” is in Genesis 1:2, “And darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Each of us at different times in our lives will face dark places of uncertainty. We lose loved ones, relationships, jobs, and sometimes even our direction in life. When these dark times come, it is important for us to know that the Scriptures tell us that darkness does have an end, “He setteth an end to darkness,” Job 28:3.
The Bible contains 366 “Fear not’s,” one for each day of the year, and one even for the extra day that leap year brings. Dr. Everek R. Storms counted 8,810 promises in the Bible. Of these promises, 7,487 of them are from God to man. We never face any life situation for which God has not supplied specific promises that give us mercy and grace to help in our time of need.
We are told in Psalm 119:105, “Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” In times of darkness, we need to apply the light of Scripture to our situation. The mere mention of the word “path,” assures us that nothing has taken God by surprise. It is comforting to know that although our physical eyes may comprehend only the darkness surrounding us at a given moment of our lives, the existence of light is promised to us in our darkest times through Christ Jesus.
LIGHT HAS COME INTO THE WORLD
"This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil."
- John 3:19
BUT YOU, BRETHERAN ARE NOT IN DARKNESS
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:4
I WILL TURN THE DARKNESS INTO LIGHT
"And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them."
- Isaiah 42:16
TRUST HIM IN THE DARK
“To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust him in the dark that is faith.”
- Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) English Baptist Preacher
RESCUED FROM THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS
"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
- Colossians 1:9-15
WHO SUBSTITUTES DARKNESS FOR LIGHT
"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"
- Isaiah 5:20
I FORM LIGHT AND CREATE DARKNESS
“I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.”
- Isaiah 45:7
THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS
"The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it."
- John 1:4-5
I WILL GIVE YOU TREASURE OF DARKNESS
I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel."
- -Isaiah 45:3
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