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Darkness. Stories of war.

Let there be light.

Darkness. Pornography on the rise. 

Let there be light.

Darkness. Race conflict.

Let there be light.

A glance at my newsfeed spirals me into darkness as I read about a father going to jail because of accessing child porn on his work computer. Once done with that story, I move onto how the rich and the famous have trafficked young women for decades. Why am I reading these? Why are these stories stealing my time and energy?

Darkness can be a curious thing. What’s going on in those dark corners, we may wonder? How could someone possibly do that? Yet, following these dark paths will lead either to the prince of darkness (see Ephesians 6) or to a wake-up call.

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light…and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Ephesians 5:8,11,14

Instead of turning to the news, this morning I turned to worshipping God, for He is light and in Him is no darkness at all. He is worthy of our praise! As I meditated on what it means for the Lord to be light, I grew more and more encouraged. 

Let’s exchange the darkness for the light!

  • If we are living in the darkness of sin and death, The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned…repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:16,17)
  • When we are lost and need guidance, His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (Psalm 119:105)
  • When I am afraid, The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
  • When the darkness of the world all around me envelops me, As long as I (Jesus) am in the world, I am the light of the world. (John 9:5)

Let there be light! 

God spoke these words and the world came into existence. If we are alive in Christ, He dwells in us, and because of this, we are not to be enticed by the darkness. For me, this means recognizing more quickly when a news story has taken my thoughts down a dark road. We are children of light! So, let’s walk in the light, being filled with the Spirit, knowing what is acceptable to the Lord, having nothing to do with the rotten fruit of the darkness, using our time wisely, singing and praising God, and giving thanks for all things.

As we walk in the light we will have no shortage of things to do. I’m encouraged to use my time more wisely in these good things than scrolling through my newsfeed. What about you? How might you walk in the light and shine the light of Jesus to the dark world around us? Even when the Christmas light displays are turned off and we head into the dark hours of winter, let’s be all the more diligent to shine forth as we live in holiness.

Love, Wendy