“The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” —Matthew 4:16
We typically think that light helps us see better, but sometimes we need the darkness in order to better see the light. When it comes to seeing the night sky, light is actually pollution. National Geographic reports that while about 2,500 individual stars are usually visible to the naked eye in the night sky, we can only see about 200 to 300 in a typical city today. Our city lights get in the way of us seeing the light of the stars. We have to go where it is dark to get a clearer vision of the light.
Hope works the same way. Only when we face the true darkness of our world, and of our own hearts, can we see the light of hope clearly. Jesus was born into a dark world full of hatred and fear. That same hatred and fear are present in countries, cities, churches, and families today.
But our hope lies in the fact that God showed up unexpectedly in the midst of the darkest night. He shone His light into the world through a baby, and He invites us into that light.
Do you feel like you are living in darkness? Do the news headlines make you feel like you are living in the land of the shadow of death? Holiday glitz can artificially light our lives, but stepping into and facing the darkness allow us to see the true light of Christmas.
Darkness can feel all consuming, but the darker it is, the brighter the smallest light seems to shine. Even in your deepest darkness, the light of hope shines, revealing the love of God, who is the source of all light.
What causes you to feel overwhelmed with darkness? What in your life might be causing spiritual light pollution and keeping you from seeing the light of Jesus? Won’t you step
toward the light? Turn from your sin to the Savior.