Today’s Reading — Ecclesiastes 2:13,14 — So I turned to consider wisdom, madness and folly; for what will the man do who will come after the king except what has already been done? And I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness. 

       As children, many of us were afraid of the dark. In its extreme form, the phobia level fear of darkness is known as Achluophobia. When fear of darkness reaches that level, it is a harmful thing, but some fear of darkness just makes sense. If we are on a well lit and well peopled street in the inner city late at night, and we have the option of walking instead into a dark empty alley, it would be a huge risk to enter the alley. As we saw frequently when we studied John, light and darkness are thematic throughout the bible, with darkness representing sin and light representing holiness and righteousness. In our broken world, we’ve become accustomed to sin and the darkness which attends it. Our hearts have adjusted to sin darkened life, just as our eyes adjust to a darkened room. If we aren’t careful, we can begin to accommodate the darkness. It is possible to diminish the darkness of sin in our human hearts. Never is that possible in God’s Holy heart. So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. (Malachi 3:18)
  God cannot be influenced by our rationalization of sin.  

      A frequent defense for sin centers on the alleged difficulty of discerning exactly what the Lord’s Word means. We like to imply that we aren’t adjusting God’s standards, but rather that they exceed our ability to know what He requires. The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. (Psalm 119:130)  God already rolled that boulder down the hill. Any of us who read His scripture will find answers unfolding in our hearts. We often feign that we are lost, when we really are refusing to walk on His path.
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path(Psalm 119:105)

    From the moment the Gospel of Christ pierced our hearts with His wonderful Light, our hearts were filled with light, our receptors no longer seek what is hidden in darkness, but seek instead to walk in the light. …for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light  (Ephesians 5:8)

     In a sense, we were once operating with spiritual night vision goggles, attracted by the infrared emission of sin. As Children of God, we all now have Achluophobia. We should again have a healthy fear of darkness and the sin and death that attend it. We should guard our hearts against the devil’s darkness. Solomon wrote — Light excels darkness.  Jesus, our Lightsource, said it emphatically — But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!  (Matthew 6:23)   I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life. (John 8:12) 
     Do you still have dark desires hidden in darkened corners of your heart? Do you still put on your night vision goggles when no one is looking, peering into the dark things of the world? Solomon looked back and saw that he had tried to have fellowship with both darkness and light, and that he had failed. Are you seeking fellowship with both?

     Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)

     what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3)

In His mighty grip,


         Copyright 2008 © Stephen Faulkner and Mission of the Master Ministries, Inc. 

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