There is no shortage of bad news in the world. From earthquakes and plane crashes to terrorists and human trafficking, one cannot escape the reality that God’s good creation has been corrupted. On this Monday of Holy Week, spend some time reflecting on the darkness in the world. As you do, consider the words of Jesus in John 3:19, “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” As you reflect, think about what Jesus said: God sent his own Son into the world to bring light, but men loved darkness. Our love for darkness would eventually condemn the Light of the World to death on a cross.
SCRIPTURE READING: Romans 1:21-23, Ephesians 4:17-19
God says the world is in darkness because people exchanged the truth of His power and sovereignty for the self-serving lie that people are in control. People exchanged God’s glory for idols, images of animals to “worship” in the belief that gods should serve man. The world is in darkness because men’s hearts are dark and hardened against God. It is a painful reality that the root of life’s most distressing and contemptible problems are found deep inside the human heart. Ask God to reveal to you how your life and your choices contribute to a dark world.
CHILDREN’S PRAYER: “Jesus, help me to believe in You and to honor you by trusting you and believing what you say.”
ADULT’S PRAYER: “Father you are always faithful and true. Thank you for your faithfulness. Forgive us when we are unfaithful, forgive us when we contribute to the darkness in our world. Help us trust your promises and place our hope in you.”