It is ominous. Darkness is coming - no, that is not true. Darkness is already here. So often in our lives we think that the darkness of Satan is taking over. The reality is that Satan's darkness has filled the world since the Fall. When Adam and Eve disobeyed in the Garden, darkness came into the world and surrounded all that God had created as good. All creation fell at that time.
Since then, Satan has been the prince of this world. He is the prince of darkness and the prince of the world. When people ask why something terrible happens, they like to blame God. It is God's fault that something bad happens. They have it all wrong. It is Satan who has control of this world and it is because of the falleness of this world that those things take place.
Is God in control? Of course. But I am not dealing with that right now. God is the One who is control of all things - but He allows thins to take place. Just read through the book of Job and you will see what I mean. There is much more to it than the way we deal with it.
Don't blame God. Put the blame squarely where it belongs - in the lap of sin and the devil. This world is his playground. He is not above destroying your life just to make your miserable. He is not above destroying other's lives in order to destroy someones trust and love for the Lord. He will cause the death of a child if he thinks it will shake the parent's trust in the Lord. He does not love you. He does not love me. He is darkness. He is deep darkness. He is out to destroy all that is good, all that comes from God.
This world is darkness. Into this darkness has come the Light. read John 1. You will get the real understanding of the impact of the coming of the Son of God into this world. It shook Satan to the core. He fought against the Son of God. He did all he could to stop Him from carrying out the work of salvation. He even went so far as to turn the people of God against the Lord and lead them to send Him to His death - upon a cross. Satan laughed with glee as the Son of God hung upon the tree. He danced when that final cry went up. And he rejoiced in victory when He breathed His last. Satan had won!!!!!!
NOT! Satan had lost at that moment. 3 days later, as the grave burst open and the Son of God stepped forth, Satan ran in terror. God had won! Sin was defeated. Satan was now a chained dog (still the prince of this world). And death and the grave - no longer that terrible enemy that we must fear. Our Lord has overcome all. He has won!
We live in a dark world. We live in a world that is filled with hate. We live in the midst of the realm of that chained dog. We face struggles. We face pain. But we do so with a sure and certain hope that comes to us through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. the Light of lights has come into the world, brought light into the darkness and sheds light on our lives.
Will it continue to be dark in this world? Yes. Can we overcome the darkness? No. Only the Lord can overcome the darkness. He then uses us to share that light with those who are filled with pain and suffering. The message we are given, the message we share, is the most powerful message we can ever hope to share. It is the message of life, of salvation, of peace, and of a future. Face the darkness head on - not with fear but with the Light. And know this - through Christ, you have already won.