The Light Of Christ Chases Out The Darkness


We have all had a sleepless night at one time or another in our lives. When you have one of those nights, they feel endless. It is a night that I like to call a “worthless evening”, because it gives you no rest from your labors. Once it seemed as if I awoke on the hour, every hour, all night. I tossed and turned. I put the pillow over my head, under my head, threw it off the bed and then retrieved it all within the same hour. Sometimes I would look at the clock by the bedside to see what time it was. But most often I didn’t , because I could tell by the darkness of the room the approximate hour of the night. Complete blackness told me that it was the middle of the night whereas plain darkness gave indications of early morn. As the sun rose and light began to filter into the room, it chased the darkness away, ending the night. A new day dawn was breaking. The long dark night was over. It is clear to anyone who has every witnessed a sunrise that darkness and light cannot coexist. While darkness may be a fact; another fact is that light is essentially a gift from God.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. (Gen. 1:1-4).

We can see from the opening versus of the Old Testament that “the Spirit of God” moved upon the earth and He said, “Let there be light”. And then God pronounced it “good”. Light has always been a heavenly characteristic. Light chases out darkness and visa versa. While this fact seems logical and nothing “earth shattering” to understand, it is important to know that we individually are like the earth. We have souls contained within our earthy bodies that contain both light and darkness. The more light we shine into our souls, the more darkness retreats. The more we allow the light of the spirit to illuminate our minds, the more the scales of darkness that cloud our understanding dissipate. How then do we illuminate our souls? By living our lives such that God’s spirit dwells in us.

We often sing, “We thank thee for sending the gospel, to lighten our minds with it’s rays!” (Hymn, “We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet”). Indeed it does! The “rays” of the gospel are taught by prophets. When we listen and follow their counsel, we can expect that the light of Christ will shine in our souls and the “darkness” of mind, that is so depressing, will be cast out. We illuminate our souls when we spent time praying, pondering, reading the scriptures. Indeed, quoting Paul, “if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things”. All these things, as well as many others, bring light to our lives. And where there is light, there can be no darkness. So the more light we shine into our souls, the less room there is for darkness.

It is under the cover of darkness when we are in danger. It is where works of evil can temporarily be hidden from man. It is place of no hope, no faith and no charity. In darkness is found despair. Blessed be those who have chased the darkness completely out of their lives! God pronounced “light” to be “good”. May we “fill” our souls so that they are overflowing with light. And by the light of the gospel, we will find the peace that all of us so diligently desire.


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