If you live in the middle or northern parts of the United States, you have probably experienced one of the strangest Springs in recent memory. After the Northeast experienced four noreasters in March, April has greeted the Midwest with a couple of late snow storms as winter attempts to hold on for another week. While Spring will eventually give way to Summer, there is one truth hidden within these unusual weather patterns. Light shines brighter in the dark.
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil, John 3:19.
The Bible is filled with references to light and darkness. Jesus uses light to illustrate that which is good, right and true. Meanwhile, darkness symbolizes imperfections, lies and secret sins that people are afraid of, hoping that no one finds out these embarrassing deeds. According to Jesus’ earthly brother, freedom comes from opening up, allowing light to enter darkness, James 5:16. When confession is genuine and sincere, God’s light brings healing to wounded souls.
For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, Ephesians 5:8.
The apostle Paul eludes to this transition in a letter to the church of Ephesus. Later in this chapter, Paul writes about how human nature influences individuals to gravitate toward darkness, where there are no rules or standards. Yet, Paul reminds believers of their decision to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, choosing light over darkness. However, some stop growing along the way, comfortably numb. In this scenario, imperfections are not exposed as God’s light is not fully magnified. Although it may be difficult, painful and humbling, let God into every area of your life. When you do, light will shine brighter in the dark to restore you back toward the narrow path, Matthew 7:13-14.
by Jay Mankus