We seem to have a fascination with darkness. I remember trips to Mammoth Cave where the tour guide would lead the group into a lower chamber and turn off the lights. The darkness was so profound you felt completely consumed by it. But the darkness I’m referring to involves so much more than just the absence of light. It is what the Bible would say is anything in contrast to or in opposition to God.
We see the intrigue with darkness in so many of the stories we tell. My kids still can’t believe I was 11 years old when Star Wars came out and I got to see it in a theater. In Star Wars, the bad guys were characterized as being on the “dark side of the Force.” Although my kids loved Star Wars, Harry Potter was the storyline attached to their growing years. With each Harry Potter book they read, the intensity grew as more was learned about the “Dark Arts” or “Dark Magic” used to control or cause harm.
These themes might lead us to think about God as having both a light and a dark nature. But the Bible makes it very clear that He does not. There are no “sides” to God. He is all light, all love, all truth, all goodness. and all beauty. As we read in today’s scripture, there is no darkness in him at all. In fact, the Bible says that God rules the darkness. No darkness is thick enough to hide the wicked from his eyes. (Job 34:22, NLT)
We’re in a teaching series called Plugged In—Tapping Into The Power Of God. This week we’ll spend some time being encouraged that God’s power over darkness empowers us, too.
Take a moment and pray, thanking the Father for His authority over darkness. Rest knowing that the power of His light has no equal and will never grow dim or go out.