Bible Devotions

Darkness versus Light

on April 17, 2008

Light from above I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in me should not abide in darkness.” John 12:46 NKJV

Contrasting darkness and light we come across some interesting insights. While darkness is shapeless, colorless, fear filled, and hopeless, light brings clarity, purposefulness, and activity.

Think more about darkness. We can’t really see anything. Therefore we don’t know where we are or where we’re going. We might stumble around bumping into things and hurting ourselves. If we can’t see a hand before our face how can we possibly accomplish anything? Darkness seems cold, black, and uninviting. It is a place where nothing gets done.

Now let’s think about light. It is bright, colorful, warm, and inviting. Light brings clarity so that we can see what we’re doing and where we are going. There is no fumbling around and we can avoid trouble. We can do things in the light such says reading a book, writing a letter, and meeting the needs of others. Light is joyful and purposeful. There’s lots of activity in the light.

Genesis 1:2 NKJV says “In the beginning the earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.”

Genesis 1:3-4 NKJV says “God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.”

The world was in darkness until God made light. In the darkness of our mother’s womb we all began. In the darkness of our mind, sin entered the scene. Poisoned by self-centered thinking, we made to hurtful decisions to rebel against our Creator.

God made a division between darkness and light just as He has with those who believe and those who refuse to believe. John 12:46 NKJV says this about Jesus and darkness: “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” Jesus came so we wouldn’t have to live in the darkness any longer. Look at what it says in John 14:48 NKJV about those who refuse to believe: “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”

Jesus calls us to believe in the light that we may become sons and daughters of the light. We are permitted to trade in our guilt and shame for a new life simply by trusting in Jesus. We are brought into the family of God sealed with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee by coming to the light.

Which will you choose darkness or light?

Lord Jesus, thank you for coming into the world as a light for us to follow and believe in. Thank you for saving us from eternal darkness. Help us this day to choose light and live with you forever. In your name we pray Amen.

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit today.


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