“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7(ESV).
Light is an amazing thing.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Light has it’s own momentum. Scientists are studying how to harness light energy to propel objects through space.
- All humans and animals actually produce light. All the chemical processes inside of us give off light at an imperceptible level. (1000x less than the naked eye)
- The sun emits enough light in a single second to warm up 32-billion-billion Hot Pockets. Wow, I like Hot Pockets, but that’s a lot of indigestion!
- We’ve never seen 100% light intensity. Our eyes are designed to receive light only at reduced intensities. We’d go blind if pure light hit our eyes.
Light in it’s natural state can be bent but not broken, slowed down but cannot travel faster than light speed, diminished but not completely eliminated, reflected yet it’s perpetually moving. Light has an exquisite and humble force to it.
People understand light through it’s relationship to darkness. We don’t know one without the other. Darkness and light are unwilling partners, always attempting to overcome each other. Look around you. It’s difficult to find a place where light and darkness aren’t fighting over space.
It’s clear that light is our friend. We rely on it desperately. We gather around it, stay near it; we are relieved when in it’s presence and uneasy when it’s gone from us. Light comforts and assures us.
Darkness is wild, cruel and ambitious. We look away from any light; to the back or to the side, and see darkness hovering, waiting to enter the space once light leaves. In total darkness lives the unknown. Darkness hides potential evil and veils anything good.
Yet, John the Apostle says people tend to love spiritual darkness more than light… (John 3:19 ESV)
He also says that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all… (1 John 1:5 ESV)
So if we tend to love darkness more than light and God is light, John has to be saying that our current inclination as humans is to not love God. If given an uninfluenced choice, we’d choose to stay away from God and linger in the darkness.
Why? Why would we avoid the pleasantness, safety and security of standing in the light while opting for the evil and deception of darkness? How could it be said of people that we, in fact, love darkness and hate God (the Light)?
To understand this we need to think about what spiritual darkness does to us; why we value it.
Darkness takes from us a vital thing that God wants us to have, “eyes to see”. (Acts 28:26-27 ESV) There’s a spiritual sensory deprivation in this darkness. It doesn’t allow us to see what God is doing or our spiritual state while we stand in it.
And our spiritual state in the darkness can get bad… really ugly, scary even. Worse, we tend to think we are completely fine in the darkness. We can’t see truth while darkness surrounds us.
“For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” (Revelation 3:17 ESV)
LIke a person deprived of sight, we can’t see our wounds, but we feel them. We can’t see our scars, but we can touch them. We can’t see our soiled skin, but we can sense that we are unwashed.
What does the light want for us? God wants us to walk in Him, see the state of our lives, recognize our need, reach for Him, be healed, talk about our scars and be made clean. We must fear the darkness, walk in the light.
When we fear the darkness, trust the light and step into it we find two things. First we aren’t alone. We find others who’ve done the same. We see similar wounds, scars and stains. We aren’t the only ones. This gives us Hope.
In the light we also find healing, understanding and purification. Jesus is the light of the world, the Lord, Savior and physician. He’s waiting for all of us to draw near to Him, believe Him and follow Him. We can only do this when we courageously come out of the dark and have the truth about us exposed in the light of God.
Exposure is scary, but staying in the darkness is far scarier.