Why is the darkness so dark and scary and why does it so easily ensnare?
Your sitting around with friends and before you know it you are deep in the gossip conversation. Or maybe you at work and next thing you know your cussing like your co-workers. What about that moment when you look at another persons life and wonder what in the world are they thinking…judgement. I’m sorry….am I the only one that gets sucked into the darkness? How about when you decide to have a drink after work and one turns into 6 and you are puking your guts out? Or you tell your parents a little ‘un-truth’ and the next day you have to tell an un-truth about the un-truth because you’ve slipped down the slop of lying and deceit unexpectantly.
Why is the darkness so tempting, why do you get sucked into it time after time?
The darkness is so dark because there isn’t enough light. The sin is so enticing because there isn’t enough righteousness hanging around.
Take camping for example or even the safety of your own home. When the lights go out and the sun goes down, everything changes without light. The bushes turn into possible predators, there is sure to be a criminal that is lurking around the corner of the hallway that somehow snuck into the house during the day and is laying in wait. The noises that were there in the day suddenly become zombie noises ready to take your life. The creek of the house settling now is the sound of the house getting ready to collapse….are you following me?
Darkness brings the illusion of things that aren’t really there. This isn’t just fear that opens up but darkness/sin brings the illusion of pleasure that you are missing out on. The illusion is created by the shifting shadows and the ploy of the enemy. The gossip makes you feel better about yourself because if you can prove your neighbor to be an idiot, darkness tells you that somehow you are better. You are not. You suck in different ways. You are full of sin and need a savior just as much as the next guy.
But as i was contemplating this, I was really wondering why is darkness so easily a trap to those that love Jesus? Why do we lose the righteousness and so easily lay down the rob of royalty that Jesus clothed you with?
There isn’t enough light.
When/if you go into the darkness you better bring a big ol’ light with you and be prepared to minimize illusions and shadows. I’m not talking about a flashlight. Flashlights almost cause more problems in the darkness. A little faith, a little bit of Jesus will get drowned out by the darkness. you need light, like the construction lights that flood the streets, or the stadium lights that leave no area on the field with a shadow. You need some Jesus light, like that glowing face that Moses had when he came back from time with God on the mountain. Your gonna need to be so shiny that people in the darkness can barely even look at you, lest they fall down at the glory of God that radiates from you!
As I seek wisdom, I realize that Jesus is the key to EVERYTHING. As I seek to discover why people get caught up in sin, big sin, little sin, unbeknownst sin…I had to wonder why does it so easily get us that profess Christ?
And now I understand. Wisdom has made it clear.
Our lights are weak.
Headed to the mountain of The Lord to get my light on!