Light & Darkness: Can There Be A Right Balance?
What does it mean to walk in the light? What does it mean to walk in darkness? Is there anyone who prefers walking in darkness rather than walking in the light? Life is filled with experiences that are of (the Light) or of (the Dark) types. In life, we are constantly moving through positive and negative experiences; we symbolically characterize these experiences as being of the light, if they are positive, and if they are negative and full of trouble, we call them-a dark chapter in our lives- or of darkness. We all feel more secure when we walk in the natural light. The light of the sun or the light of day provides us with a sense of security we do not feel when darkness surrounds us. We know that the character of darkness embodies intrigue and insecurity by its very nature; evil lurks in darkness is partly how we understand it. We feel less safe when we are unable to discern objects in the dark. Human nature tells us that evil people seek darkness to do treacherous things.
The Holy Bible has a lot to say about light and darkness. We are talking about spiritual light and spiritual darkness. Beginning in the first book of the Bible, the Book of Genesis,
”Let there be light.”
“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed,” this is found in John 3:20.
Now we know you can walk in the natural light or darkness and you can also walk in spiritual light or in evil darkness but in either of these scenarios, you cannot walk in both at the same time. The character of darkness is to prevent discernment. The character of light is to dispel darkness. They are opposites. Light produces harmony. Darkness produces discord.
It is the will of God that we all “walk in the light.” Light is found in Jesus Christ and God created light.
John 8:12 reads: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
God is Light. There is no Darkness in Him (God).
I had a blind friend. He was an attorney; we worked together at the University. He walked very well in darkness. In fact, he really walked in the light but it was light developed within him. Earl trusted his heightened sensitivity and awareness of the environment surrounding him. He moved comfortably and competently around the office without conveying a sense of fear, as you would expect someone walking in darkness to have. He had spatial sensitivity. He was an accomplished man. He was confident in himself. He knew who he was and his personal confidence made everyone around him feel at ease in his presence. You did not feel pity for him. He conveyed such a sense of purpose and direction. Some sighted people had less confidence than my friend exhibited. Earl had such keen hearing that he would chuckle when someone came in our office and told a lie. It was amazing to see how God had empowered this blind man who daily demonstrated just how much God can do for his people, if we let go and let God “lead us out of darkness to walk in light.” Earl worked on voice sensitive computers and was competent in his work. You see, whether you are walking in light or walking in darkness-you are handicapped only if you choose to be victimized by your personal choice of not allowing Light to guide you.
You can walk in light (the natural light) and be so filled with doubt and insecurity; you might be called the sighted blind. When we walk in the light, we envision light generated by the sun or by man driven light in the form of electricity. Any source of light supplied and produced by man will fail to dispel darkness. Walking in the light of God’s Word, being led by His Holy Spirit is the most secure source of light available to us.
We also find that light has some distinctive characteristics; they are color, direction, and quality. When we seek balance we are seeking the manifested energy that drives away darkness; we feel out of balance when we cannot perceive hidden dangers found in darkness. Light reveals hidden dangers. We are confident of our movement just like Earl was because we trust the source of light. Things look better in the light. Life is better in the Light. Some question whether darkness exists at all.
If we walk in darkness such as trying to walk in pitch darkness, we are unsure of our steps. There is no confidence in our movement. You cannot tell where there are pitfalls or uneven pavement. If your senses are not trained as Earl’s senses were, you feel victimized and vulnerable. There is no creativity in darkness; there is no life. Balance will never be achieved with darkness. You are overwhelmed by fear because you do not have the energy of light. There is no comfort, no tranquility and there is no hope without light. Where there is no hope there is no meaning and no purpose or desire for balance in ones heart. As Christians (presupposing you are one) it is our aim to daily walk closer to God, dispelling darkness and seeking to be filled with more light. Light and darkness cannot coexist; it is a totally impossible supposition that natural light and dark can inhabit the same space. One or the other will dominate the space.
The term light and darkness refers to the waxing and waning forces of nature in their relationship to each other. These forces of light and darkness are balanced in the time of equinox. Darkness is dominant at the Winter Solstice and light at the Spring Equinox. This is what happens with natural darkness and light.
The Word of God draws a distinct partition between darkness and light. In Corinthians, chapter six, it reads like this.
“What communion hath light with darkness?” King James Version
In I John 5-6 (King James Version) you will find these words concerning darkness and light.
“This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do no the truth:”lan