Throughout this time of year as the days get shorter, the nights grow longer, and the temperatures colder, it’s easy to let our tempers get shorter, as waiting lines grow longer, then our feelings chill. The pressures of expectations, finances, and memories can seem like a suffocating smoke. But this darker time of year should be full of rejoicing!
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
Isaiah 9:2 NLT
Jesus, the Light of the world, stepped down into our darkness to open our eyes and help us see. He conquered death that we might have life and hope. He has called us to be a light to our world, shining for all to see so that He will receive the praise (Matthew 5:14-16). When we live in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7). Now the funny thing about light and darkness is that you can’t have both. Sure, there are different levels of lightness: maybe a candle, floodlights, the sun. But absolute darkness is simply the absence of light. And the opposite is God, there is no darkness in Him at all (1 John 1:5). The verse in the middle is the real test: light or darkness.
So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.
1 John 1:6
But praise God that he is so gracious:
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
1 John 1:9
So let us live in the light! 1 Thessalonians 5:8