Today’s Scripture Selection: John 1:5
“The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”
There’s a whole lot I could say about darkness. In today’s world there is certainly plenty of it around. Sometimes I turn off the car radio (and the news report) because I’ve heard enough about it for right then.
There’s much I could write about the nature of spiritual darkness. Again, there’s plenty of it around as well. That’s nothing new, of course. But it is persistent. And as a pastor I have plenty of opportunity to deal with it.
But, of all that I might say or write about darkness – here’s probably the most significant thing I can say or write:
It’s being overcome.
Whether or not the spiritual forces of darkness understand it or not – they are being beaten – soundly.
A long time ago, the apostle John wrote about it. So did the apostle Paul; and Peter; and James – and the early church fathers. So did some wonderful women of the faith.
Darkness just doesn’t “get it.”
Remember that when the news seems particularly disturbing; especially “dark.”
The war has already been one – a long time ago – by a risen Christ – the “light” of the world.
Darkness is still trying to figure out just how that happened.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the triumphal victory of your light and your love. AMEN.