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Surprising benefits of spiritual darkness

Sin is pure evil and completely antithetical to God and goodness. It corrupted the world by birthing sin and putting Christ on the cross (Romans 5:6-12).

Throughout Scripture, darkness represents sin and light signifies righteousness (Isaiah 9:2; John 8:12; Acts 26:18).

“God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5, NKJV).

The Lord is consummate goodness so being in him means we walk in the light (Titus 1:2; Ephesians 5:8-13).

Yet, even in evil, we can find a positive. Darkness has the following benefits for Christians.

First, it keeps God before us. Not only have we all sinned (Romans 3:23), but we’ll continue to need the saving blood of Christ (1 John 1:7). It keeps us humble and focused on our spiritual helplessness (Romans 7:13-25).

Without darkness, light is meaningless. We can’t appreciate safety without danger. Otherwise we simply take it for granted. Sin should make our hearts long for heaven where pain and suffering no longer exist (Philippians 1:23-24; Revelation 21:4).

Second, darkness is a reality. Being in a sinful, cruel world means that Satan’s relentless attacks shroud our world in darkness (1 Peter 5:8; John 8:44). It’s a persistent reality (Job 19:8; Habakkuk 1:2).

Elijah’s hopelessness (1 Kings 19:4-14) and Jesus’ spiritual agony (Luke 22:39-46) are constant reminders of the arduous road we face even for the most righteous.

Third, faith matures in the dark. Opposition builds strength, courage and resolve. Basic training builds soldiers and workouts sculpt world-class athletes because comfort zones must be obliterated.

When we push beyond the comfortable, we mature as God becomes more real (James 4:10).

We’re reconstructed spiritually if we allow God to reshape us in his image. Taking up our cross daily is very challenging but doing so separates us from this world and prepares us for heaven (Matthew 16:24).

So, it’s a road worth traveling.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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