What is it about darkness that makes everything different? A tree in the daytime becomes a monster with many long, burly tentacles in the night. A small child becomes a towering silhouette in the moonlight. A rustle of leaves is no longer a friend walking close by, but rather a predator lurking in the shadows waiting to devour its prey. Imaginations can run wild when the lights go out. Darkness always, always makes things look worse than they really are. A blackout always produces fear and dread and defeat. When shadows are cast, those things that are clear in the light become obscure and indecipherable. Anxiety and despair can quickly move in, overtaking our ability to see things clearly.
There's something about darkness that raises our blood pressure, it heightens our awareness of sounds that typically don't cause us alarm, and it allows fear to settle deep within our spirits. Spiritually speaking, darkness can be overwhelming if we allow the prince of darkness to get a hold on us.
Ever since Satan was thrown out of heaven, there has been a war waging between what is holy and what is unholy; good and evil; right and wrong; and darkness and light. While Satan is the prince of the power of the air and the prince of darkness, he attempts to appear as one dressed in light. He thrives on deception of every kind imaginable. He presents evil as good, darkness as light, and promiscuity as love. Just as the innocent game of Kick the Can sucks us into fear and trepidation as we run around the house in the dark shadows, so does Satan present his evil ways to us that are so appealing and desirable to our flesh, yet they bring death and destruction.
One may think that Satan is too strong and powerful to be overcome or to be resisted. If we attempt to overpower him in our own strength, it will be impossible. Our will power cannot stand up to him. Our commitment to doing the right thing will fall by the wayside when he shoots an arrow into the weakest place in our being. Our "want to" will go out the window when he presents to us that person, or that opportunity for big money, or the alluring temptation that lingers just beyond what is allowable and right. Satan is all about the dangling carrot, just out of reach, and he always makes sure the carrot is just what we like and what we are weakest in. If we lose sight of the Light of Jesus, we may find ourselves in the Forest of Fear and Death.
Satan and his ways often act like a vacuum. Whether it is temptation or just darkness itself, if we look at it and dwell on it, it sucks us in. It is a web that we cannot overcome on our own. The only way to overcome darkness that Satan throws at us, whether through people, addictions, temptations, or any other ways he can capture us, is through Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) "Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world, He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (John 8:12)
If you are overwhelmed by fear or depression or temptation, reach out to the Father of Light, the Light of the World, Jesus. He came to give you life and to remove the turmoil and chaos in your life.
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled." II Corinthians 10:3-6