In the Dark

John 12:46 — “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in Me will no longer remain in the dark” (NLT).

Have you ever walked around blindfolded or in a room that is pitch black? If not, I encourage you to try it sometime. Just be careful.

I’ve done both on multiple occasions. Walking around unable to see where I am going is an awkward experience, especially at first. It’s very uncomfortable not knowing what obstacles are around me. I’ve walked into walls, knocked things over, and even hurt myself before. Perhaps you can relate.

After carefully walking around for an extended period of time, though, I eventually became more and more accustomed to my surroundings. By putting my hands out in front of me, I could feel where I was going and protect myself from potential hazards. Even though I still couldn’t see anything, I became more comfortable with being in the dark.

The same is true spiritually. I believe there are two types of people who are spiritually “in the dark.” There are those who are in the awkward stage. They’re wandering around aimlessly bumping into things, trying this way and that. They have no direction, and they are searching for the light switch.

Then there are others who have grown accustomed to living in the dark. They have accepted darkness as their way of life because it’s familiar to them. They’ve lost hope, and because they can’t see a way out, they don’t care to keep looking. Constant darkness leads to low self-esteem, depression, and even suicide.

If you find yourself in the dark today, I want to encourage you. Jesus is the light of the world. The more you trust Him, the closer you get to Him. The closer you are to Him, the clearer the path before you becomes. Glory to God!

1 John 1:5 — God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in Him (MSG).

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