Through the darkness, Light has come
“The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”Matthew 4:16 (ESV)
The Apostle Matthew reminds us the fulfillment of prophecies of old. This scripture is also a quotation from Isaiah 9:2. Light and darkness is used in both Old and New Testaments as metaphors for good and evil. They also represent order and chaos, security and danger, joy and sorrow, truth and untruth, life and death as well as salvation and condemnation.
Every morning we wake up to a world with potentially evil influence that can quickly take us to a place of sin and despair. Additionally, with all that is going on in the world with disease, war and spiritual warfare, it can certainly seem as though darkness is upon us.
However, dark this may seem, we have available to us a Savior to pray for our protection and help at any time. His name is Jesus. His light of love and forgiveness can outshine the darkness.
There are aspects of the darkness that are not wrong. It’s a part of life. It can be a backdrop for the stars at night. Darkness has a way of reminding you of the light you’ve been given on all those other days.
We all may face darkness in one form or another at different periods in our life. How we deal with that darkness is the most important trait that distinguishes us as Christians.
As a celebration of light, Jesus’ birth came at a time when the people to whom He would bring His ministry have been sitting in darkness. Jesus’ coming brings them great light, the Light that takes away the sins of the world. You can have His light in your life, too.
This week, pray about how you can receive the light to fight against the darkness. Let God’s holiness and truth dispel the negativity in your life so you can be free in Him.