A Dark Business - June 2015

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

(1 John 1:5–7 NKJV)


    When I was a small child I was afraid of the dark; for a long time growing up I was unable to sleep at night without a nightlight. My parents would sing to me with the hall light on and my door open to receive that light and I was happy. Eventually they would turn out the hall light and I would become afraid because it was dark and monsters lived in closets and under beds and came out when it was dark. My parents installed a night light in the room and I took comfort from the fact that while that light shone, whenever I was afraid I could look to the light and know that no monster could ever come and get me. However, as I grew older I became too wise to believe that monsters were under my bed or in the closet and I stopped fearing the dark. Today, I can be in dark rooms without any concern about what used to keep me awake.


    While this transition was helpful in my childhood and helped me to cope with physical darkness, in the spiritual world growing up this way results in great danger. Spiritually we should be afraid of the dark because with God there is no darkness. To be in the dark is to be away from the light and, contrary to the physical darkness, in the spiritual darkness there really are “monsters in the room.” Yet, the advice that this world gives us is that there are no monsters in the spiritual darkness and that is perfectly safe to wander away from the light for a while and uncounted millions are paying the cost of that lie. The invitation of scripture is clear: "walk in the light as He is in the light.” As we experience the joy of this transparent living we will "have fellowship with one another" and be confident in the fact that “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” God promises that as we walk with Him in the light our relationships with others will gain a new sweetness that they have lacked in the darkness. This can be illustrated by the fact that conversations in the dark, while they may bring about a certain amount of communication, can never match the beauty of seeing the face and expression of the one to whom we speak when we are in the light. I would like to invite you to join me in seeking God daily in our lives that we may have fellowship with Him and with one another in the glory of His blessed light.