“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” cries Jesus as he hangs from the cross and darkness covers the land (Matthew 27:45-46).
Our own cries join in with his as once again, tragedy slices through our hearts. Another school shooting, another fatal crash, another cancer diagnosis...when does it end?
The Bible says that God is the Father of lights (James 1:17), so why is the world so full of darkness? Has God truly forsaken us? Have we been left alone in the dark?
Not at all! Darkness has never been a sign of God’s absence. Darkness is a sign of his presence! When the world was created, “darkness was upon the face of the deep,” yet God was there (Genesis 1:1-3). When thick darkness enveloped Mount Sinai, God was there (Exodus 20:21). And when darkness covered the land as our Savior hung on the cross, God was there.
Likewise, when the darkness of violence and disease falls upon us, God is there. His light breaks through as heroes risk their lives to rescue; as neighbors reach out to comfort the hurting; and as victims stand up in courage and forgiveness. Rather than put it out, the darkness of evil causes the goodness of God’s love to glow even more brilliantly.
Jesus said both that he and his followers are the light of the world (John 8:12, Matthew 5:14). Light was made to shine in the darkness. Shine on.