A Blogged Bible Study entry:
Are you afraid of the dark? Really. Seriously. Are you?
I was. For years. I know it’s common in childhood, but my fear became irrational. I carried this fear into college and even became plagued with dreams of what might lurk in the darkness. It paralyzed me.
Of course, I’m not blameless in holding on to this fear for so long. I fed it. I nourished it. I dwelt upon the darkness.
How, you ask?
Through the diet I consumed. The thrill of scary movies, the intense fright of ghost stories, the seeming innocence of childhood séances…nothing innocent at all.
We laugh today at the warnings against these things, as though we’ve intellectually ascended to a point of not being affected. It’s a lie. We are affected by everything we feed upon. And the darkness hates the light. The darkness will do all it can to keep us from the light. It’s the battle we face, whether or not we choose to acknowledge it.
But . . . Jesus acknowledged it. He not only saw it and understood completely the significance of the warfare, He stepped into the darkness and shed His brilliant light.
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. ~John 1:4-9
A definition from Vine’s:
“Primarily light is a luminous emanation, probably of force, from certain bodies, which enables the eye to discern form and color. Light requires an organ adapted for its reception: The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! ~Matt. 6:22-23
Where the eye is absent, or where it has become impaired from any cause, light is useless.
“Man, naturally, is incapable of receiving spiritual light inasmuch as he lacks the capacity for spiritual things: But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. ~1 Cor. 2:1
I must say I had an impaired eye for a long time. I peeked at the darkness, I peered into the darkness, I actively gazed upon the darkness and then wondered why I was so afraid.
One Sunday morning a teacher spoke about engaging the darkness, feeding this part of ourselves. She specifically mentioned horoscopes, palm reading, séances, books and movies that can penetrate the mind. I realized I had become obsessed with the darkness and fear was overtaking my life. I needed to be delivered from the grasp the darkness had so I could speak clearly and effectively about my faith in Christ. So I would not be afraid anymore.
I confessed my sin. I asked forgiveness. I was cleansed from all unrighteousness. I was delivered from the darkness.
Before then, I was not capable of living victoriously, of living in the power, love and sound mind of His Spirit. (2 Tim. 1:7) I was weak in my faith. Afterwards, my eye was repaired and I began gazing into, actively pursuing, the Light.
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
~1 John 1:5-9
Are you living in the Light, the victorious life you can have through Jesus?
If you are interested in reading further, here is more I found in my word study on Light. It’s not exhaustive but it is enlightening (hehe).
“Apart from natural phenomena, light is used in Scripture of
(a) the glory of God’s dwelling-place: He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen. ~1Tim. 6:16
(b) the nature of God: This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. ~1John 1:5
(c) the impartiality of God: Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. ~James 1:17
(d) the favor of God: Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?” Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD! ~Psalms 4:6
(e) God, as the illuminator of His people: No longer will you have the sun for light by day, Nor for brightness will the moon give you light; But you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, And your God for your glory. Your sun will no longer set, Nor will your moon wane; For you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, And the days of your mourning will be over. ~Isa. 60:19,20
(f) the Lord Jesus as the illuminator of men: In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it….There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. ~John 1:4-5,9
(g) the illuminating power of the Scriptures: Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. ~Psalms 119:105
(h) the guidance of God: When His lamp shone over my head, And by His light I walked through darkness ~Job. 29:3
(i) salvation: But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. ~1Peter 2:9
(j) righteousness: The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. ~Rom. 13:12