Lovers of Light

Did you know they manufacture a flashlight that produces 160,000 lumens? It only has two drawbacks: it drains its battery in ten minutes and becomes too hot to hold in under six. Just query on the “World’s Brightest Flashlight.” You’ll get a few geek articles and a ton of advertising. It’s all the craze to see who can build the brightest flashlight.

Humanity is fascinated with light in almost any form: laser pointers, motion activated, tanning lamps, healing lamps, grow-lights, path lights, night lights … you can even buy toilet lights to help your aim at night. Or how about a pair of slippers with a pressure switch and tiny headlights. When you slip your feet in them they automatically illuminate your path while you navigate the darkness of your home. Why are we so fascinated by light? Well … light has a plethora of useful applications. Darkness can be dangerous to humans … and so darkness can also be frightening. We will gladly pay for products that overcome the inconvenience of darkness. But sometimes, light can be scarier than darkness.

My dad had a two-million candlepower spotlight for work. One night, when I was quite young, all the dogs in my town began barking. At first, we couldn’t figure out what was happening. Then we heard it … the yipping howls of coyotes floating in on the summer breeze. My dad piled us all into our pale blue Ford Fairlane and drove us to the murky edge of town. He plugged that spotlight into the cigarette lighter and danced the beam out across the stubbled fields. There were more glowing eyes reflected in that light than we could count. I shrieked and begged my dad to turn it off. Sometimes we don’t want to see what’s in the darkness.

Apply that to the spiritual realm. For all our pretending, humans do not love spiritual light the way we love physical light. Sometimes we don’t want our darkness probed. Consider what the Apostle John penned a few verses past John 3:16,

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:19-21

Praise God that He has taken care of our darkness issues! That He … “has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14