June 21 was the beginning of summer and has the longest hours of daylight. In the northernmost areas of the earth, it is light 24 hours a day during the beginning of summer. Then, during the first days of winter, those same northern areas experience darkness for almost 24 hours a day. We think of days as being light and darkness being night.
In God's spiritual realm, there also is light and darkness. The light reveals God and his majesty. Darkness is seen in evil deeds and ungodly lifestyles. Light and darkness are complete opposites. In comparing natural light and darkness along with the spiritual light and darkness, Apostle Paul writes: "What communion hath light with darkness, or what concord hath Christ with Be-li-al (II Cor. 6)." Paul also exhorts the believers of Thessalonica that they are children of the light and children of the day, and not of the night or darkness.
This spiritual darkness can sometimes be seen in peoples' lives. For example, Apostle Paul included adultery, fornication, drunkenness, murder and the like into the sins of darkness and wrote that they who live in this way will not inherit the kingdom of God. Today's society also includes these same sins of darkness.
The values and moral teachings of years gone by are often cast aside. People may choose to live together out of wedlock without any shame, guilt or fear of God. Some people may choose to live openly in same-sex relationships. In addition, alcohol and illegal drugs also have become a part of many peoples' lives and have, in part, been the cause of broken homes and abusive situations.
This spiritual light is manifest in the revelations of God's Holy Word, which reveals sin as sin. Jesus said, "Men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved" (John 3: 19-20). However, God's same word also promises grace and forgiveness to those who repent and turn from their ungodly ways of life.
When Paul wrote to the people of Corinth whom had earlier repented and changed their lifestyles, he reminded them that at one time they had lived in drunkenness, adultery, fornication, etc., but now they were washed and cleansed. They chose to walk in newness of life and in obedience to God's word.
Joshua once instructed the children of Israel that they would need to choose who they would serve. He told them: "Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served" Joshua concludes: "but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24: 14, 15).
Today, we still have to make those same choices. It would seem important to make the right choice.
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