Deep darkness is a place of fear. It is natural for a child to be afraid of the dark. Even adults find darkness dangerous; you can stumble or crash into something!

While there’s physical darkness, being unable to see with our eyes, there’s another kind as well. Inner darkness is even worse. Our eyes may see as well as anyone, but we stumble, crash and fall in different, often worse ways, because of darkness in our souls. Isaiah 59:10 says sin makes us like blind people,

            “In the brightness of day we trip as if it were night.” 

The ancient prophecy of Isaiah about Jesus, written 700 years before He came, also talks about darkness,

            “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; 
             those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”
(Isaiah 9:2 ESV)


Don’t walk in darkness. Instead, follow Jesus. Each of us will choose whether we will walk in the light or be lost in darkness.

Plato was one of the most famous philosophers in history. From 2500 years ago in Greece, he said:

             “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;
               the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” 

Don’t be afraid of following Jesus. Instead, be very afraid of the dark. Be drawn to the light.

Sadly, each of us steps off the bright path from time to time. By making a wrong turn, we find ourselves headed down a dark alley. Whenever you wander off of the way of faith, what you want to do is reverse and step back into the light as quickly as possible. Whether it was by accident or on purpose that you wandered off course, return to the light as soon as you realize your error.

One of the names for people who follow Jesus is “children of light.” That name shows up several places in the Bible, in Luke’s Gospel and in the books of Ephesians and 1 Thessalonians. This is you. You are a Child of Light. Walk in the light today. Walk by faith every day.

© 2014 Eric Thurman