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Wednesday's Word: Love In the Dark

Wednesday's Word

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Love In the Dark



Here's The Word;

John 3:18- 19 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

I was just pondering this the other day, thinking, "Why do I find it difficult to see darkness for what it is?" The only answer that came to my mind was - "Because, your eyes have adjusted to the darkness and even a life of stumbling around has become comfortably normal".

I thought about Adam and how in some ways, he had an advantage because he didn't start off loving darkness the way we do.
However, if you follow Scripture closely, it didn't take long before men fell head over heals in love with darkness. Genesis, chapter 5 runs down the lineage of Adam to Moses and if you do the math, Noah couldn't talk to Adam directly, but he had great and great, great grandfathers who did. My point being that Adam saw what God saw; how men fell increasingly more in love with 'the darkness' to the point where Genesis 6 sees God's decision to flood the earth; (verse 5 - And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.)
Of course, unbeknownst to Adam, he had the benefit of 'starting off' with God as his only love. For the rest of us, we start off with a love of darkness that grows and grows like it obviously did from the beginning of Genesis 5 to Genesis 6.
Why are we so in love with darkness? - I think the answer lies in what drew Adam and Eve into it in the first place: The darkness appeals to us. It promises us that it has what we want.

Sin is tricky and love in the dark is blindingly deceptive. I believe that my definition of evil is well thought out, especially when I can concede a few 'small things' all the while holding onto and protecting things that continue to do what ALL sin does....bring death and keep me separated and satisfied with small glimpses of light rather than total entry into its fullness.

I absolutely love this because this is the quintessential GOSPEL: The Sovereign Deity. The One and ONLY True and Living God who wraps Himself in Light, chose to come to us in the midst of us choosing darkness and beckon us to life in the light.

After this, our only problem is a truth problem. Primarily, we need to stop lying to ourselves about that old idea that the stuff we want to keep concealed in the darkness is in any way comparable to what can be given to us in the light. The honest response is to drag that whole wagon of treasures received in the dark into the light. You'll see that although they may give temporary pleasure, in the long run, they're all just emptiness and ash.

Isaiah 2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.


In Him,
Cros

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