Walking along a well lit street at night probably does not cause much of a concern. Sure, there are shadows lurking everywhere, but the light from the street lamps and yard lights provide a sense of comfort and security. Now, think about walking down an unlit country lane in the dead of night under an overcast sky. It’s hard to see your hand in front of your face. You could trip and fall over almost anything. Every sound causes the hair on the back of your neck to rise. This is very similar to the way it is when we are spiritually walking in the dark.
Darkness is the story of mankind without God. From the Garden of Eden to this present throbbing moment, those who walk apart from God cannot process life correctly. In the darkness, that which is beautiful can look horrid. In the same way, that which is ugly can actually look attractive. By walking in spiritual darkness we are placed in a danger that cannot be calculated, and dare not be underestimated.
Have you ever wandered through an unfamiliar room in the dark? How did that turn out for you? My guess is you likely injured yourself in one of several ways. As humorous as that scenario may be (especially when it happens to someone else), it is tragic to think there are countless millions of people who are stumbling through life in utter darkness. Groping and grasping for anything that will provide meaning to their existence, they constantly come up with all the wrong conclusions.