“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hides not from You—but the night shines as the day. The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”
Nothing is hidden from His all-seeing Eye.
Is that comforting or terrifying to you? If you’re a child of God. . .going through a difficult time right now. . .and the deep darkness of doubt and despair are seeking to take you down for the count. . .do not fear—for His sparrow-watching Eye clearly sees where you are, what you’re going through and He will “supply all of your needs” as He has promised (Phil. 4:19).
However, for those who are running from Him. . .engaging in sinister, sinful acts too shameful to mention aloud. . .forget not our El-Roi God sees everything done in secret. . .is writing it down… and one day will call for a day of accounting (Jn. 3:19-21; Lk. 8:17).
Again, there is no darkness so deep that prevents His omniscience from piercing it. And, even when others may applaud and shower with numerous accolades, He still knows “the secret thoughts and intents (motives) of the heart” (Heb. 4:12b).
So, why do so many forget this when the evening shadows fall?
Quite simply, “Because their deeds are evil” (Jn. 3:19-21) and the devil’s deceived them into believing He doesn’t know and will not require from them an accounting for their “deeds done in darkness” (Ps. 2:1-12; 10:1-12:8).
May we always remember this, knowing that He is the God of both darkness and light.
He eavesdrops on every one of our conversations. He peers over our shoulder at every website we visit, every book we read and every program or movie we watch. He’s not some celestial peeping tom; He’s simply a God Who loves us very, very much and longs to transform us from a “dungeon-darkness dweller” (Ps. 107:10-12) into one Who is both salt and light in this old, sinful world (Ps. 107:13-15; Mt. 5:13-16).
How wonderful the change when one, who “loved darkness more than light because his deeds were evil” (Jn. 3:19)—always serving the evil one, the “prince of darkness” (Eph. 6:12)—is transformed by Christ into a “child of light” (I Thess. 5:5; II Cor. 4:6; Eph. 5:8, 11; I Pet. 2:9; I Jn. 2:8). Hallelujah!!
Suddenly, instead of longing for the “cover of darkness,” the born-again believer begins longing for the One Who is Lord over it. Instead of hiding in darkness, he/she becomes a “herald in darkness,” crying “Come to the Light. Come to Jesus, Who is the Light of the world and in Whom there is no darkness at all” (Jn. 8:12; 9:5; I Jn. 1:5).
Never forget that there really is no darkness; it simply exists because of the absence of light. Therefore, go forth today with the children’s song in your heart: “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.” Amen and amen.
By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated December 8, 2010