Before darkness overtakes you

Jesus said: “Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you” (John 12:35).

One of the stories I have read my kids is “The Dark” by Robert Munsch. A shadow comes to life and starts eating other shadows. As a result, he keeps getting bigger and eventually lives on top of the house casting an even larger shadow over everything else.

The genius of children’s books is that they often communicate larger realities. That is certainly the case here. Have you ever felt as if the darkness in your life—or in the world at large—keeps growing and growing?

I knew someone who at one point would have said they were a follower of Jesus. But something happened. 

They started listening to some podcasts dedicated to picking apart the Christian faith. Let me just say that it’s okay to hear different points of view and to think critically about your faith. But this person just drank it all in—passively. They never sought out educated and credible replies to everything they were listening to.

This person is no longer a believer. They are lost. Darkness overtook them, and my soul grieves.

Perhaps there is someone reading or listening to this who is in the same boat. Are you passively taking blows? Are you content to let your faith be a punching bag instead of seeking out credible and educated reasons to believe?

Recently I interviewed Greg Koukl, the best-selling author and popular speaker. One of the things he said was that we have a “deep bench.” We are living in a time of unprecedented production when it comes to helpful, educated and credible resources and people explaining and defending what we believe and why we believe it.

Have you ever been reading the Bible and wondered why everything seems so urgent, as if life and death lay in the balance? It sounds that way because it is and it does.

“Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you”


–Podcast. The talk I referenced with Greg Koukl can be accessed here.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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