Let's take a minute to think about light and darkness for a moment. Have you ever stopped to think about what light does? It is fascinating.
Let's begin by defining terms. I think it would be fair to say that something is in light when darkness is absent. In other words, where light is present, darkness is absent. This is important to the analogy of God given by the apostle John in his first epistle. But what else do we know about light?
Light dispels darkness. Where light meets darkness, the light wins. The darkness goes away. I have never seen someone plug in a working lamp, put a brand new light bulb in it, and turn it on, and sit there in darkness. It does not happen. This is another point that we must observe.
What can we learn from these observations and the analogy that John the apostle gave us in his first epistle? We know that, just as darkness is absent where light is present, so where God is, sin is absent. Let me try to put it another way.
Just as light dispels darkness physically, so does God dispel darkness spiritually. Whenever God comes into our lives and we are living in a relationship with Him, sin gets expelled. This is no reason to say that we have not sinned, as we will see in a later devotional. However, this means that when Christ becomes part of our lives, our sins are forgiven.
Will we still struggle? Yes. We will fight to stay out of darkness for our entire life. What we do know, however, is that God's light will give us the strength we need to overcome the darkness. We cannot do it alone. We need His light in order to dispel the darkness in our lives. Without Him, it all falls apart.