The daylight hours are getting shorter. When I start walking in the morning it is dark because the sun is still nestled under the horizon. I have to use a flashlight to illuminate my path, so I don’t trip and stumble over uneven sidewalks. Likewise, as I am returning home after work, the sun is already hanging close to the horizon, and not long after I pull the car into the garage the darkness settles on the city, making it seem much later in the evening than it actually is.
This time of year when the darkness gradually chews away at the daylight hours, I am reminded of how easily the darkness of sin can creep into my heart. I get used to the darkness. I get used to my sin. Finally, God allows me to stumble over my sin and remember that I don’t have to live in the dark, because “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
Living in the darkness of my sin is ridiculous when God has offered me His light in Jesus Christ. Christ died on the cross for my sin. Through His death, the light of God’s love and life shines in the world. Those who “put [their] trust in the light” (John 12:36) will come out of the darkness caused by sin and walk in the light of Christ’s righteousness through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The darkness of sin has been overcome by the Light of the world. “Walk while you have the light” (John 12:35).
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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