When I was a little kid, I was afraid of the dark. And that’s a pretty common fear, right? When you’re in the dark, you can’t see what’s right in front of you, so your imagination runs wild. There are monsters in your closet, or under your bed, or hiding in the shadows. Hearing a noise in the dark would make me retreat under my covers until morning came.
We all have dark moments in life that threaten to stalemate us. These dark moments can cause all different kinds of emotions in our lives. Sometimes they cause us to become fearful of moving forward. A dark moment might cause insecurity—maybe someone said something about us that’s made us forget who God says we are.
Dark moments might make us isolate ourselves from everyone else, or stir up bitterness in our hearts. Perhaps we feel shameful of something in our past. Or maybe we’ve experienced failure and are afraid to try again.
Look at your own life today and figure out what dark moments cause in you. Be honest with yourself, because the enemy uses that to keep you right where you are. He doesn’t want you moving forward, but instead wants you stalemated.
Darkness can be an enemy of our soul, but it can also set us up for what’s coming. After a long day of working hard, the dark helps you get to sleep so that you can wake up refreshed and energized in the morning, alert and ready to take on obstacles and challenges.
For three hours on the day that Jesus was crucified, Luke 23:44 says, “darkness fell across the whole land”. The next verse says, “The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle.”
In the middle of the day, the land became like night. Darkness seemed to be taking over, but God was working even in the dark. The curtain separated the presence of God on Earth from almost everybody—no one was allowed to go behind the curtain unless they had gone through a detailed cleansing ceremony. By tearing the curtain, God opened up access to Himself for all of humanity.
Jesus knew that darkness didn’t rule Him. In Luke 23:46, He shouted His last words: “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” Jesus knew He would rise, and that a new day was coming. Death, darkness, sin, and the grave don’t win because Jesus has already defeated all of them. He rose from the grave to illuminate the path for all who will trust in Him. God is with us, before us, and behind us.
There will be battles, but remember that God rules over the dark. If you don’t trust Him in the dark, you can’t walk with Him in the light. And if you’ve trusted in Him, it is impossible for you to walk in spiritual darkness any longer. Trust Christ to lead you into the light. Allow Him to guide the rest of your life so that you can be all God created you to be.