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The Dark Side

“We cannot experience light until we’ve been through the dark lane.”

KEY VERSE: Matthew 5:14-16

Light is a symbol of many things. Among other things, light serves as a symbol of knowledge. We’ve been taught that followers of Christ are the light of the world. That is, we ought to exude light by influencing our world with good works, which is made possible by knowing God’s will. But while light is seen as a symbol of good, for many people, darkness represents evil. So, we often embrace light and try as much as possible to avoid everything associated with darkness.

In reality however, darkness also plays an important role because it is after we’ve been through the dark lanes of life that light shows up. Usually, we don’t experience light while we are inside a tunnel until we are able to pass through. To put on light in any room, you must first of all, confront the dark atmosphere. Recall that before God created light in the beginning, He met the darkness that hovered on the surface of the deep. Jesus also had to confront the kingdom of darkness before bringing light into the world. I pray that the dark experiences you’ve been going through will give birth to light.

Prayer/Confession: Dear Lord, let my light so shine and drive away the darkness around me. Amen.

REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Genesis 1:1-3; Psalm 23

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