…And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. Gen. 1:5
Not so many days ago a terrible act of evil occurred, devastating the lives of hundreds. A loss with such magnitude, it had been nearly 15 years since an act of violence claimed as many American lives on American soil. People were slaughtered. In the course of seconds, lives shifted into courses we rarely imagine happening to ourselves. Human depravity at it’s finest.
Somewhere else a small child faced death by a horrendous scaly creature of the murky deep. And only a few weeks before that, another slipped into the cage of a great gorilla, thankfully walking away with it’s life while the gorilla was shot to its death.
And somewhere else in the world, a mother received word her baby will be born without a brain due to a simple mosquito bite. Another home is ravaged by fire, flooding, or worse. A child is captured and sold. A boy barely big enough to hold a weapon is forced to take the life of his friend.
And as if the injustices aren’t bad enough, somewhere in darkness a human heart plots their next round of evil. Hatred and wickedness so vile, so deeply imbedded, that terror shivers in our souls at the mere thought of the potential suffering that could be inflicted.
In all of this, I wonder how God can possibly stand to put up with us a second longer. All of it is so evil. So wrong. So dark.
And turning to a simple verse in Genesis, I am stunned at the simplicity of the answer. It does not say there was morning then evening. No, instead the dark is chased away by the light. The dark is always followed–hunted down and cast out–by Light. Not only because Light is a great warrior, but simply because Light was there first.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not comprehend it. John 1: 1, 4-5
In a world where everything has gone wrong, a place where all creation is set to destroy itself, it is comforting to remember that the tomb is still empty and God is still on the throne. And in all the evil darkness that surrounds us, let us be reminded, no amount of darkness can ever drown out the smallest flame. Light always triumphs.