As we see the darkness that is coming upon the world and to our cities and invading even our country towns, we see the pain and lawlessness it is bringing. Looking at all that is happening, it can make even the strongest among us a bit squeamish. But have you ever asked the question, can darkness ever be a good thing?
On Shabbat I talked with a lovely young mother of three toddlers who is witnessing to people who have never even heard of Jesus. Imagine that; they live in America and have no idea of who Jesus is! This mom is engaging them in deep conversation about Passover and many of the teachings that Pastor Mark has recently done. And they keep coming back for more. Her story so impacted me, I had to ask, “These are some heavy concepts that you are discussing. What is it that is making them interested in all that you are telling them?” And she replied that they all know something big is coming and they are fearful.
And the light went on in my thinking. Darkness can be good. It drives people to seek the light, the true light, because the entire world can feel the darkness encroaching. People know something big is coming. This is our time to shine, to draw people to the light of Yeshua. The peace and joy and love and hope of Yeshua can shine through the darkness and draw people to Him. This is not the time to live in fear of the darkness, it is time to invade the darkness and overcome it with His light that shines in us. It is our time to speak of the life and hope Yeshua is, to tell our testimonies, to speak of what is happening as it relates to what is in the Bible. Have you ever walked into a pitch-dark room and struck a match? The light of that tiny match displaces the darkness – it overcomes darkness – every time. This is not the time to be fearful; it is the time to shine.
Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life….In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. John 8:12 and 1:4