Do you hang out in dark alleys? Some of you may be thinking that is a crazy idea. Some of you may be thinking you would never be caught anywhere close to a dark alley or any alley at all. On the other end of the spectrum, some people may be saying, “I am in a dark alley all of the time, what is the big deal?”
Think about your answer carefully. Don’t answer too quickly. What is it that is going to make you come up with an answer? Is it your experience? Is it the idea of the darkness? Will your answer be formed from unknown or perhaps misinformation or prejudiced information? Does it stem straight from fears?
Now think through your answer and say it out loud to yourself.
Lets further explore the darkness according to God’s Word and maybe we can get a clear perspective on what it is that may evoke certain thoughts on the matter.
Genesis 1:1-2a, 3—4a In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. Then God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light and God saw that the light was good. The idea of God’s creation being good from His perspective is absolutely amazing; it means He created it the way it was supposed to be, the way that made it all work together.
1 John 1:1 says, “We proclaim to you the One who existed in the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands.” John goes on to say in verse 5-6, “This is the message that we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all. So we are lying if we say that we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. ”
In the beginning when God created the light in the world it was to displace the darkness. John attests to the light that he saw. He said he touched Him with his own hands and saw Him with his own eyes. John also attests to the fact that God is light and in Him there is no darkness.
In the darkness we cannot see. That is why there is so much fear in the darkness.
Do we fear darkness itself or what may be revealed or exposed in the light?
At night when my kids are fearful, I turn on the light and ask them point out the things they are afraid of? Usually, there is nothing there. Then I tell them that the same things are there when we turn the lights outs. We often times pray for God to take those fears away in the night.
The commentary in NLT Life application Study Bible says of 1 John 1 5-6: Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable. Darkness represents what is sinful and evil. The statement “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that He alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin.
Light is also related to truth in that light exposes whatever exists, whether it is good or bad. In the dark good and evil look alike; in the light they can be clearly distinguished. Just as darkness cannot exist in the presence of light, sin cannot exist in the presence of a holy God.
So here is the connection that we can make and a couple of questions we can ask ourselves.
Because God is light, walking in the presence of a holy God can do two things, reveal our true selves and give us a peace beyond our understanding.
Walking close to Christ and getting exposure to the SON can expose all of our fears, worries, troubles, faults, insecurities, and sins. All the things we want to keep “in the dark”.
Is this why you stay away from the light? Is this why you may have distanced yourself from a real or active relationship with Christ?
I love reading God’s Word but sometimes I am so convicted that I can’t wrap my head around what God is trying to teach me. I become agitated and frustrated because I know there is something that needs fixed and clearly I don’t want my faults pointed out to me.
A couple of months ago as I was reading some passages, I just kept feeling agitated. I finally said God, you are obviously trying to fix something in me so can you do it swiftly; I am ready to change whatever you are trying to change in me.
I am not always so “adjustable” sometimes it has taken God years to set me straight. In the mean time He
allowed me to live with my issues and let me just deal with the consequences of my hard heart or stiff necked self.
On the other hand, the light gives us a hope and peace that we cannot otherwise see. Walking close to God takes our whole heart, mind, and strength. This is exactly what He wants of us. He wants to make us more like Him. The benefits of having a close relationship with Christ are so real and immense.
I have had many many times in my life when, on my own, I was a complete mess. But the moment I turned it all over to Christ he made things more clear and gave me a peace that I could not have gained on my own.
What hope we can gain walking in the light. Psalm 119:105 tells us, Your word is the lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Do you need your path lit up? Do you need help and guidance to know which way to go, which decisions to make?
In the beginning I asked if you would walk in a dark alley, what did you say? If your answer is never, then
ask yourself why you would walk through life in the darkness. Why do you continue, daily, trying to navigate in the dark?
Take a walk in the Word. Take a walk in the light.
Questions to ponder:
Do we fear the dark or what may be revealed or exposed in the light? Have you been exposed to The Great I Am?
Do you need your path lit up? Do you need help and guidance to know which way to go, which decisions to
Please encourage others by posting comments below. SHARE from your experiences how walking close to the light or completely out of the light has affected your life or answer the