Darkness. Night. We associate these with evil. Imagine heavy blackness surrounding you. Hope has vanished. You can’t see anyone you care for or even the neighbor. Only darkness. Exodus 10 says God brought a tangible gloom to Egypt. Although the wicked love the darkness, it will become their bane. However, God calls us to light.
The Worthless Darkness
The wicked left straight ways for dark ones (Proverbs 2:12-13). Isaiah pronounced woe on those hiding their plans from the Lord and working in the shadows (Isaiah 29:15). God will illuminate hidden things and uncover the heart’s motives (1 Corinthians 4:5). Light exposes people’s deeds, so men love the darkness (John 3:19-21). The Psalmist’s secret sin had been set out in the radiance of the Lord’s presence. (Psalm 90:8).
The darkness people loved would become their punishment. The Lord will pursue His foes into darkness (Nahum 1:8). God’s own people, Israel, would grope around blindly if they disobeyed God. (Deuteronomy 28:29). Corrupt prophets in Israel would be banished to darkness, and the sun would set for them (Jeremiah 23:10-12, Micah 3:5-6). People sat in the darkness because they rebelled against the Lord (Psalm 107:10-11).
On the other hand, the Lord is light itself. Think about the most beautiful brilliance. The most marvelous thing. That doesn’t compare to God’s beauty. God dwells in light, having no darkness (1 John 1:5 & Daniel 2:22B). He is the Father of lights, and wraps Himself in light as with a garment (James 1:17, Psalm 104:2). In Ezekiel’s vision, brightness like a rainbow surrounded the Lord (Ezekiel 1:27-28).
Salvation from the Darkness
God calls us from the darkness into His astounding brilliance (1 Peter 2:9). The god of this age hid the gospel from unbelievers by blinding them. However, God shines in believer’s hearts, giving the knowledge of His glory (2 Corinthians 4:4, 6). He qualified us to share in the inheritance of the holy people in the kingdom of light and rescued us from the dominion of darkness (Colossians 1:12-13).
Jesus, the Bright Morning Star, entered the world so those who follow Him would not walk in darkness but would have the light of life (Revelation 22:16 John 8:12, 12:46). Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father, said the morning light would break upon them, giving light to those sitting in darkness (Luke 1:78-79). Moses and the prophets stated the Messiah would suffer, rise from the dead, and then proclaim light to the Jews and gentiles (Acts 26:23). We are to pay attention to the prophetic message as a light shining in a dark place until the day dawns and the morning star rises in our heart (2 Peter 1:19).
Livin' in the Light
Jesus calls us to be the light of the world and to keep our lamps burning for His return (Matthew 5:14-16, Luke 12:35-36). We are children of the light and day, not of darkness or the night. (1 Thessalonians 5:5). As light in the Lord, we should expose the fruitless deeds of the darkness (Ephesians 5:8,11). Everything the light reveals becomes visible, and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. Therefore, we are told to wake up from sleep and rise from the dead and Jesus would shine on us (Ephesians 5:13-14).
Paul urged in the book of Romans to discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light (Romans 13:12-14).
Darkness and light war against each other. Those sinning live apart from God and the light of His presence. However, we don't have to be like the Egyptians and those who disobeyed God. Because Jesus, the Bright Morning Star, came to bring us out of the darkness and into the light. In turn, we must be a light for others.