Bible Reading: â€œThe light shines in darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.â€ (John 1:5 NLT)
According to the Prophet Isaiah, the unexpected light that would suddenly appear in the land of darknessâ€”â€œGalilee of the nationsâ€â€”would also be inextinguishable (Isaiah 9:1-2). Contrary to popular opinion, darkness does not overcome light, but light overcomes darkness. All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the tiniest little light. No wonder the Apostle John portrayed Christâ€”the Light of the Worldâ€”as not only piercing the darkness, but also as being impervious to it (John 1:5).
As the army of God, suited up in â€œthe armor of lightâ€ (Romans 13:12), the church needs to charge into the darkness of this world. For too long now weâ€™ve cowered in the corner of our sanctuaries and hid our light â€œunder a bushelâ€ for fear of being overcome by the darkness (Matthew 5:14-16). Yet, it is the light that overcomes the darkness, not the darkness that overcomes the light. The only way that darkness can win out is if the light deserts the field of battle. God forbid that we should be guilty of such cowardice, especially when we stop to consider what is a stakeâ€”the immortal souls of men.
Are you spiritually AWOL? Have you deserted the army of God? If so, why not return to active duty today by reporting back to the front lines and once again faithfully fighting under the command of the â€œCaptain of the host of the LORDâ€ (Joshua 5:14)?
The prince of darkness and legion
go forth in this world to win
the invaluable prize of the conflict
the immortal souls of men.
Heaven alines its forces.
The battle lines are drawn.
Eternities hang in the balance.
In fury the war rages on.
Humanities blind to the conflict,
though they the victorâ€™s spoil;
insensitive to the battle,
due to lives of earthly toil.
Where are Godâ€™s gallant warriors,
who wax valiant in the fight,
who turn back the torrents of darkness
clad in the armor of light?
O Lord chasten your children,
in haste wield the rod,
force to their knees your people
that they may rise and take hold of God.
Then Godâ€™s mighty princes
who are destined to prevail
will scale the citadels of evil
and snatch men from the clutches of hell.