Turn toward the sun, let its rays shine on your face so that the shadows will fall behind you.
To be full of praise is the antidote for darkness. For as surely as your joyful praise hits the atmosphere everything that is dark flees. Darkness cannot overtake the light; light will always dispel the dark.
The very first concern for God in creating this world was to fill the empty void of darkness with light.
Genesis 1:1-3 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
1 In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light, and there was light.
When I was about eight years old, an unexpected, unplanned for dust storm hit our town. No one told us it was coming, but we could see these vast, dark, rolling clouds barreling toward us with alarming speed. My mother barely had time to warn my brother who was up in one of the two apricot trees in our yard. She called for him to immediately come down from the tree and get his bicycle inside. His bike was quickly shut inside the screened porch while mom and I ran to close and lock the house doors. Then bang, the storm hit. That eighty miles an hour wind carried with it every dust particle from every farm east of the Columbia River I’m sure.
I remember thinking how people described a darkness so dark you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. This would be an excellent time to test such a claim I thought, and so I did. Sure enough, the stories proved correct as I strained to see the wiggling fingers in front of my eyes. It was indeed a profound blackness.
With light of the sun, you see all the glorious things in creation intended for your pleasure and what lies ahead when traveling down the road.
But there is a different kind of light that brings perspective and truth to your life. Jesus said He is the light of the world. His presence enables you to see the difference between the way the world views life and the way God sees your life.
The devil’s purpose is to lie, steal and destroy to keep you in the dark. The darker, the better, so you are unable to see the truth.
The center of existence according to the world is “you.” As much at that appeals to human nature, “you” are not from where joy stems. Joy stems from denying one’s self for the betterment of others. The light The Father extends to us then brings truth into focus, hope instead of despair, and freedom to fulfill the marvelous plan God intended for you.
If you are trying to find yourself, who you really are and can be, look no farther than in the brilliant light of Jesus’ face.
There is great peace and joy in that light. The kind of light that reaches out to those in your presence. When you reside in Jesus presence, you reflect the blessing of His light to all around you.
John 8:12New International Version (NIV)
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
The people who walk in [spiritual] darkness Will see a great Light; Those who live in the dark land, The Light will shine on them.
Let us praise our Lord for the experience of living and walking in the light, letting the shadows fall behind us.
Ask Jesus to shine a light on the truth of the depth of love He has for you. Ask Him to remove any dark thing that hides Him from you.