The Darkness Flees – Reflection 22 JAN 2017
Many of you have heard or actually experienced what it means to be in the dark, when you went on a cave tour. They always turn off the lights and let you feel the physical presence of the dark. Some tours will then strike a single match to illustrate the power of light. How one little insignificant match forcibly chases the dark to the outer regions. What is also notable is the amount of area that the light of the match extends. The radiance of the match is 100 times more present than the physicality of the wood of the match would lead you to believe that it could make that much of a difference. If one match can light up 1200 square feet of a cavern, just think what God’s Word does in the world. God’s Word reaches into the deep recesses of our lives and causes the darkness to flee. Flee, a very good word that is not used today, but it does convey a visual image that is more complete than if we said that the Word chases the darkness..
Look at the difference between the words, which gives hope and which could imply judgement? Chases requires us to pursue the darkness thereby causing us to interact with the darkness. Darkness fleeing from the presence of God’s Word is something that God does, we do not have to interact with darkness in any of its varied forms. This is Good News. This is life giving and is a gift from God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
When God’s Word is spoken the darkness flees, all we have to do is to speak the Word into the world of darkness. The Bible is God’s Word for us, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen