Almost every child has experienced fear of the dark. I remember hiding under the covers because I didn’t like the looks of the two-inch metal Venetian blinds covering the window in my bedroom. A streetlight outside shined through the closed slats just enough to give them the look of a demonic grin. They did not bother me during the daytime, but the darkness of the evening changed the benign blinds into a beckoning beast.
Some of my friends had similar evening challenges. They believed that there were monsters in their closets or under their beds. The same rooms in which they happily played during the day were transformed into chambers of terror by the arrival of evening shade. The onset of darkness brought with it fear, and fear worked to fill our minds with foolish imaginations.
Most of what we see and hear in the news media these days is darkness. Despair and hopelessness fill the airwaves twenty-four hours a day. Protests, riots, looting, and destruction are regular guests in prime-time. Fear is on the march, and law-abiding citizens suffer attacks on their businesses and homes because they advocate traditional values. Darkness is attempting to control and manipulate the hearts of men and women in our nation, but no matter how dark it may seem, the dawn is about to break!
DRIVING OUT DARKNESS
When the first rays of the sun stream over the horizon, the light drives back the darkness with ever increasing power. The smallest ray of light penetrates even the deepest shadows and drives them away. Just as the rising of the sun dispels the darkness of night, the Word of God drives out the darkness and fear that attempts to dominate the hearts of men. The Bible tells us in John 1:1,5 “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God….The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” The SON is rising!
Jesus IS the Word, and His Word contained in the Bible has all the power necessary to destroy the darkness and fear that besets our nation. The Word that we speak from our mouths is more than enough to turn our country around. We are instructed by our Savior and King “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:15-16)
ONLY UNBELIEVERS DO
The Bible tells us in the first chapter of John’s Gospel that Jesus is the Living Word of God. If Jesus lives in us, then the Word is living in us. A Christian will have a desire to know the Word (the Bible) and to live by it. Jesus addressed this when he said in Luke 6:46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?”
SHINING BRIGHT LIGHTS!
Shining our light is so much more than doing acts of charity. It is speaking the Word of God, which brings light in darkness, exposes the plans of the enemy, and lights up the path of success in life. As Psalm 119:105 reveals “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” The light of God’s Word never fails to deliver us from darkness and assures our place in the family of God. “..,for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
We need not fear the darkness that fills this world and the hearts of godless men, for the Word of God is infinitely more powerful. “For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night…,But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.” (1 Thess 5:5,8) Dealing with the darkness is simple: TURN ON THE LIGHT! Shine the light of the Word into every situation in life. Don’t hide under the covers anymore: expect the darkness to flee! “Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” (Phil 2:15) Turn on the light – turn on YOUR light!