Eliminating Dark Thinking

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Darkness has developed a new swagger. For a while, we pretended that hunkering down would protect us from harm, but fear, discouragement, and hopelessness has crept under the door. 

Despite my conviction that capitulating to fear is a darkened response, the struggle to live in power and love is real. Maintaining a sound mind isn’t as easy as I would hope (2 Timothy 1:7). 

I am not alone in this conflict. Financial failure, sudden illness, and domestic violence are battering the gates of our families. The pain of trauma is wearing down the saints (Daniel 7:25). Wherein do we find hope?

I believe it is within the light. 

When I walk into a dark room and switch on a lamp, light expends no effort to overcome darkness but merely dispels it. Anywhere the light shines, darkness must flee. There is no discussion between the two, no battle of wills. The mere presence of light eliminates darkness.

The spiritual parallel is obvious. When “the light shines in the darkness, the darkness can never extinguish it” (John 1:5 NLT). Light’s strength is superlative, superior, predominate, and exceedingly, abundantly beyond the power of darkness. There is no comparison, for as my Biblical dictionary defines it, “Light: the absence of darkness.” I think I’d forgotten that.

Author Blake Healy expounds on the idea, “Light and dark are not equal opposites,” he says. “The battle is not about whether light can defeat darkness; the battle is about whether the light is on or not.” Simple, yet profound.

God doesn’t merely live in the light (Psalm 104:2); He IS light. Light is one of His many characteristics. “God is Light, and in Him, there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). “His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His Hand” (Habakkuk 3:4). Light sources from His being and emits from every Word He speaks (Psalm 119:105). “The unfolding of Thy words gives light” (Psalm 119:130).

When Mark and I first married, we lived in a duplex in an older part of town. The house was originally a single-family home, but the landlord divided it by locking an adjoining door from both sides. 

Next door to us, our single neighbor was no housekeeper and left food and trash wherever convenient. Roaches loved the set-up, feeding on his side of the house and then scurrying to our kitchen when his cat chased them under the door. 

We didn’t stay in this duplex long, but I learned one solid truth about roaches. They hate light as much as I hate them. When I turned on the light, they scattered. 

Like the roaches of our first house, evil hates the light. “Everyone who does evil…does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:20). But, when light arrives, the darkness of trauma, pain and fear must leave. No wonder we are encouraged to pray that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened (Ephesians 1:18).

Spend a few moments meditating on the true power of light. Consider how there is no struggle when morning arrives; it takes over immediately. Ask the Lord to teach you how to breathe “Light-giving” prayers. Let’s turn the light on in our families, schools, and government and watch evil flee.