Ten Plagues | Devotion 6: Darkness
Nyctophobia is the medical term for fear of the dark. When I was a kid, I was terribly afraid of the dark. I really do not know why. It was not like my parents locked me in the basement with the lights off, or in a closet for an extended period of time. I really believe that it was more a fear of the unknown. I had a feeling that there could be something lurking in the darkness brought fear to my mind and trembling to my body. I really believe that I could feel the darkness.
In Exodus 10:21-29, we read about the ninth plague that God brought upon Egypt in order to convince the Pharaoh to let the people of Israel leave. In verse 21, we read, “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.’” Pharaoh had eight other chances to obey God’s commands but had a hard heart that was full of pride and defiance. God brings a darkness that could be “felt.” I used to get scared if I had to go camping for one night, but God takes darkness to another level in this situation. Verses 22-23 tell us that this darkness that could be “felt” was to torment the Egyptian population for three days! It says, “So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the people of Israel had light where they lived.” This darkness was debilitating. They could not see anything or anyone, and they could not even move. The darkness brought a sort of paralysis.
Most of the world today lives in spiritual darkness, blinded by the lies of Satan, leading to spiritual paralysis. People walk around in denial, with their eyes closed to the evidence of God, even in His creation. They are so blind that it is easier for them to believe that we, and all of creation, are a product of an accident, as though they believe us to be the benefactors of the cosmic lottery!
Moses is a witness to God’s use of darkness to show people their need for “The Light.” In John 8:12, Jesus refers to Himself as “The light of the world.” It says, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” When we accept Jesus and the redemptive work He did on the cross, we become the light to a world full of darkness. We are told this in Matthew 5:14-16. Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
The father of lies attempts to convince the world that darkness is the norm, and that is where they should desire to stay. We need to be a people who choose to live in the truth, the light of Christ’s love, instead of dwelling in darkness. If we do not, that darkness will not only be for three days, but for eternity!