The cave-guide asked, “Who has ever seen true darkness?” He (or was it a she?) then went on to explain that on the earth’s surface we are never in total darkness; there is always light seeping in somewhere. Then she (or he) flicked the switch and plunged us into a kind of darkness the likes of which I had never seen—no pun intended. My five-minute experience was frightening. I suspect that the ninth plague imposed upon Egypt; the three-day, epidemic of darkness was abundantly more terrifying.
But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. Exodus 10:23
There certainly is measurable calm associated with having illumination and God saw to it that His people were so equipped. And for those who know Jesus as Lord and Savior we see that parallel in our lives—the correlation that exists between possessing His light and being at ease as we traverse an extremely dark planet. Since no person is born a Christian, everyone who is reborn can bring testimony of the fear and anxiety connected with the dark place they once resided.
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.” Matthew 4:16
Not Going to Re-Invent the Light Bulb
It would be easy for me to rattle on regarding the issue, but why bother when God said it best in His Word. Consider these light passages:
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life…You are the light of the world…My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” John 8:12, Matthew 5:14, Matthew 11:30
Don’t make the gaffe of believing that God has provided His Light merely so that we might be comforted and at peace with the world. The fact that we are so blessed by God is because He is abunadntly loving, gracious, and merciful–God is able! He is the ultimate multi-tasker, able to both conduct His orchestra and bless His musicians simultaneously. But make no mistake about it; the purpose of the Light is to bring Him the honor, glory, and praise. It’s always been about Him and it always will be, so hold that torch high.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew 24:29-31