by John Michalak
Depart from evil, and do good. Live securely forever. For the LORD loves justice, and doesn’t forsake his holy ones. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and live in it forever.
It’s been said: “It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
We spend too much time obsessed with the evil around us. There’s so much evil. So much violence. So many people lying and taking advantage. So much hopelessness and foolish behavior. We live in fear that perhaps there’s more evil than good in the world.
But, as you know, the smallest light overcomes the greatest darkness. This is a basic fact in our physical world, but also in the realm of the moral and the spiritual. Darkness can only overcome us if we refuse to light our candle.
So, it’s up to you. You can’t live your life passively hoping the world will change, or despairing that it will never change. You must depart from evil and do good. You must fill your heart and mind with the light of Scripture. You must declare the great deeds of God. You must spend each day seeking to share His light with others, to speak His words of life, to serve others with your time, talents, and treasure.
There is hope and promise in the light of God. The choice is yours whether you’ll strike the match.