Manageable Darkness

“Delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” – Acts 26:17-18 

Because of Jesus, you don’t have to walk in darkness. And yet, when you look at the world around us, there seem to be so many people who are just stuck there. They seem to be stuck in the darkness. 

I read a stat this week that said it only takes approximately five minutes for our eyes to adjust to the darkness after being in the light. Have you experienced that before? When you first enter a dark space, it’s almost shockingly dark, so dark that you can’t see your hand in front of your face. 

But then, what happens? Several minutes pass and your eyes begin adjusting, and what was at one point shocking, uncomfortable, extreme darkness now becomes a manageable darkness that is not as severe as it once was. 

Let me tell you something: that is exactly what the devil wants to happen in your life. He wants to surround you with darkness so that your life and your mind and your eyes begin adjusting to it and conforming to it. 

Acts 26:17-18 says, “Delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” 

We know that God’s light can and will overcome the darkness. We just can’t become too comfortable to the point we “manage the darkness.” That is exactly where Satan wants us. When God has a plan for your life, Satan wants to ruin it. 

One way he does that is by easing you in and making the darkness “manageable.” Don’t manage the darkness. Instead, get out of the darkness. Step into the light and let God lead your life. 

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“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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