Light Defeats the Dark

“Let there be light.”—Genesis 1:3 As the holiday season comes to a close, remember. We just celebrated light in the darkness!

I know that at this time of year many have gone through difficult times. From my perspective as a pastor, it feels like this is increasing.  More and more people are experiencing darkness, discouragement, and fear.

Winter is the darkest time of year, with shorter days and in many climates, bitter cold.  Sometimes we can enjoy the cozy comforts of home during those days, but sometimes it adds to the sense of darkness creeping into our lives.

But what did God say in the very beginning of creation about darkness?

“The earth was formless and empty,” we are told in Genesis 1. “Darkness covered the deep waters.”

Darkness draped the earth leaving an empty, formless void with no life or structure.

How did God deal with the darkness? 

When God sees darkness, He is motivated to create light.

The first recorded words from Him in Scripture are “Let there be light.”  Let the darkness be vanquished, shattered into oblivion as the light of God brings life and hope to our lives.

“And there was light.” Creation began with light.

When we enter into the darkest times, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, we can pray God’s Words.

“Let there be light”—and there was light, entering our lives as a baby born in a manger who grew up to be our hope and salvation.

As you close the old year, let the Light defeat the darkness in your life.

Look to Jesus, who declared for all of us. “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”(John 8:12). I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46).

Step out of the darkness hanging onto Jesus and determine to begin the new year walking in the Light!