“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” (Isaiah 9:2). Anyone who has experienced “walking in darkness” or “dwelling in deep darkness” knows the feeling of hopelessness and unseen danger that comes on your spirit. Fear can control our responses to any of life’s circumstances.
Years ago, our family visited caverns that were several hundred feet below ground level. All the lights were turned off. The darkness was so intense that no one could see their hand in front of their face. Then our guide lit one candle which illuminated the whole cavern. What a difference!
This prophecy that “a great light” would come and “”shine” where there had been “deep darkness” was the good news that “Galilee of the nations” (9:1) needed in a dark time. We too are living in very dark times. This “true light which gives light to everyone [has] come into the world” (John 1:9). There is only one true light and it has come to us in the person of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
If you are experiencing any degree of darkness in your life, it is because you have not let this “light of the world” (John 8:12) displace the darkness. It does not matter what struggle you are facing, Jesus Christ is knocking at the door of your heart so He can shine His light into your situation. His light will bring truth for guidance, hope for assurance, and joy for celebration. LET HIM IN!