There are two types of darkness. The first one is where our Enemy (Satan, Devil, Lucifer) dwells (2 Peter 2.4, Colossians 1.13, Jude 1.6). Any area of our lives that have not been exposed to God’s light (Psalm 89.15, John 9.5, Job 33.28) is subject to Satan’s influences because he has the ability to feed on the darkness that we hide.
“Satan has legal access, given to him by God, to dwell in the domain of darkness. Thus, we must grasp this point: The devil can traffic in any area of darkness, even the darkness that still exists in a Christian’s heart.” – Francis Frangipane: The Three Battlegrounds
The more of our lives we expose to God’s light, the more the Holy Spirit can fully fill us: “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13.12 NIV). Satan has absolutely no authority in a mind and body completely submitted to God’s light, so our honesty and humility is essential to achieving this “armor of light.”
However, there is another type of darkness. This darkness surrounds our steps of faith and reveals our true intentions. God many times calls us into the dark, so we can behold His glory and all the good that it inhabits: “The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was” (Exodus 20.21 NIV). It is in the darkness of faith that we demonstrate our complete trust in God and where He can pour out His abundance.
Four men with leprosy waited at the city gates of Samaria. The Kingdom of Syria had besieged Samaria, and the people were starving to the point of eating their own children (2 Kings 6.29). The four men couldn’t go into the city because the people were destitute, yet they didn’t want to continue waiting at the gate. Therefore, they decided to penetrate the darkness of the Syrian camp to beg for mercy (2 Kings 7.5). Once they got to the camp, they found it deserted, and they entered into the tents and obtained a great abundance.
“And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they cam back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it” (2 Kings 7. 8 NKJV).
It is very difficult to walk into the darkness of faith. We have to let go of all our understanding and rely solely on the supernatural and eternal work of God. Sometimes we fear the direction God is calling us because we trust our sight more than God’s voice (2 Corinthians 5.7). When we waver in our faith, we are exposing the reality that God is not the center of our lives. And when we elevate our understanding above God’s, we miss out on the abundance that He has for us.
God is Creator and King of the universe, and only in Him can a life rich with purpose and abundance be found (John 10.10). The world is destitute, and we must not enter its gates to find our fulfillment. Just like the four lepers, we are all corrupted spiritually by sin; but if we cry out for mercy and take a leap of faith into the darkness, we will come face to face with a God who loves and cares for us. Only God can produce springs (blessings) in the desert places (emptiness, lack, hollowness) of our lives. So let go of your fear, and forge a new life of faith!
“I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs” (Isaiah 41.18 NIV).