“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
We could return to these 13 words every day and find new ways to apply them in our own lives, but sometimes they may seem too abstract to understand. Here’s an image that may bring comfort, courage, and hope as we live in a world that can be pretty dark.
Picture a room. It’s nighttime, and the blinds are closed. No ambient light can be seen. It’s completely dark. But into that darkness someone carries a lit candle with its warming glow of flame. As the candle is brought into the room and set on a table, the darkness must disappear. It has no choice. Darkness cannot stand in the presence of light. Light wins. Our lives can be pitch black with bitter daily circumstances, binding fears, or addictions of many kinds. Day and night, Jesus the Light brings light and wants to bring more light into our dark rooms.
Would a symbol help you remember the truth of God’s power over darkness in this world and in your own life? Consider lighting a candle in your home each day to remind yourself that “the light shines in the darkness” and that still, even today, “the darkness has not overcome it.”
In what area of your life do you need to remember that Christ is light and has the light of life to shine and rid your life of darkness? Ask for his bright presence to illuminate every dark corner. May you be blessed.