A Fall in the Dark
(Post from the archives)
Late one night, our goats got out of the barn. I was a wakened by their barking protectors, our Great Pyrenees dogs.
I ventured out into the darkness. in my PJs. I found the four animals behind the barn (very dark behind the barn) and started the roundup. I did not see a three foot steel corner part of a fence. I fell into and over it and proceeded to roll. I got skinned up pretty good. A few days later the pain worsened. I went to the doctor and found I broke two ribs.
Spiritual Object Lesson
My accident occurred because I was walking in the dark. If I was walking in the light, I would have seen the obstacle and avoided it, the pain, and aggravation that followed.
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. (Prov. 4:18–19).
When we recognize Jesus Christ, as Lord, we were moved out of Satan’s dark kingdom and into the victorious Light of the Lord. We move from slavery and shame into glory and freedom. We turn “from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God” (Acts 26:18).
John said, “…if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.” Many commentators explain expression “with one another” is a reference to fellowship with other Christians. But the Greek pronoun allēlōn (one another) refers to the two parties. In this passage one another means God and the Christian (named in the first part of the verse).
John’s point is that if Christians live in the light where God is, then there is mutual fellowship between Himself and them. Relationship! Father and child. We have fellowship with Him and He has fellowship with us. The light is the reality shared.
Walking with God is living and experiencing life illumined by truth. We walk in the light because the Word is a lamp (Ps. 119:105, 130). Walking in the light is being open and responsive to the light.
My Utmost for His Highest says, “To ‘walk in the light’ means that everything that is of the darkness actually drives me closer to the center of the light.”
When there is true openness to the light of divine truth, Christians’ failures are under the cleansing power of the shed blood of Christ. Jesus’ death and resurrection brought fellowship between imperfect creatures and the infinitely perfect God. Making the adoption possible.
Darkness is not just a place void of light. Darkness is a moral state where you hide things, have secrets, and give the enemy ground to traffic in your life. The fallen angels have been turned over to darkness and darkness is also the dominion of Satan (Jude 6; Acts 26:18). Anywhere we allow darkness to remain, it can be an open door for the thief to come and drain away our sense of intimacy with God and others. — Jack Frost
The Love of God
Darkness can be from those that disappointed or wounded us. The Light dispels the darkness and releases the river of God’s love to produce healing and the restoration of intimacy in relationships (with God and/or others).
The very essence of God’s being—His personality, His nature—is love (1 John 4:8). It is the reason for the Incarnation (Jesus coming to earth in human form). Our job is to receive and reciprocate God’s love, and to love others.
God’s love is absolute, unwavering, and sacrificial. When we recognize and accept it, we are walking in the Light. Open your heart and let Him envelope you in His perfect love.
Next time I need to go to the barn at night I’ll grab a flashlight.