Disintegration of Darkness

It might come as a surprise to some, but I like heavy metal and thrash music (not death metal or the scream metal that’s popular today). I’ve liked these ever since I was a kid. For one, these are fitting for those who are misfits and just don’t like the carbon copies we’re expected to conform to. But, even though dark at times, I feel metal music is often far more honest than other genres. While so much of what’s popular is simply about drinking, partying, making out, and one upping others, metal music deals with many issues, stomping over “political correctness.” Even so much in mainstream Christian music is about having warm fuzzies, avoiding so many issues in real life. Very little is genuinely thought-provoking. 

I recently released a book through Amazon, geared toward Christians who enjoy heavy metal, Metal Head Devotions: Heavy Devotions for Those Who Like Heavy Music. The following is the second devotional in it. I hope you enjoy. Blessings!

Disintegration of Darkness

Light enters the darkness,

The blackness boasts to prevail;

But the darkness cannot overcome,

As the light impales.

Although darkness resists,

For light’s power to decimate;

But wherever there’s a crack,

The light will penetrate!

Disintegration of darkness,

The darkness cannot overcome;

Disintegration of darkness,

Impaled by the eternal dawn.

Order out of chaos,

From light there bursts forth life;

Darkness, the dreadful prison

Binding all with misery and strife.

The light seeks to illuminate,

To set the captives free;

But darkness squeezes like a vice

To damn them where they be.

Disintegration of darkness,

The darkness cannot overcome;

Disintegration of darkness,

Impaled by the eternal dawn.

The darkness cannot overcome,

Nor can it comprehend.

Wherever light shines gloriously,

The darkness comes to an end.

Those who come to the light,

In life will be exposed;

But those who run into the dark

Will with darkness erode.

Disintegration of darkness,

The darkness cannot overcome;

Disintegration of darkness,

Impaled by the eternal dawn.

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ~ John 1:4-5

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. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. ~ John 3:19-20

Light and darkness are both strange things in existence. We make use of both for various reasons. Light is vital for life and well-being—both physically and spiritually. We use light to see and to expose. We use darkness to hide and conceal.

In Jesus Christ, light has come into the world in the spiritual sense. Apart from Him, we walk in the darkness, neither seeing nor knowing where we are going. In our darkness, we are completely disoriented. We see evidence of this in our world today. There is such chaos and disorder throughout the world. People calling good evil and evil good. Politicians and various leaders making decisions to fix problems, but what usually happens is more problems are created instead. So many decisions being made today make absolutely no sense, but this is the result of darkness—disorder and chaos.

On the flip side, the light shines and exposes things for what they are, and we are exposed for what and who we truly are. This is beyond uncomfortable. We are exposed as being weak, sinful, dirty, disgraceful, perverse, selfish, unholy, naked, and in desperate need. When Isaiah was exposed in the presence of God in Isaiah, he cried out that he was “undone.” He literally felt like he was going to be destroyed. Who among us like to be exposed for our faults, our lies, our improprieties, our gossip, etc.? The shame we feel can become unbearable. This is one of the reasons we don’t always rush to the light.

As followers of Christ, or persons considering doing so, it is important that we understand that God’s desire is not to shame us or destroy us. His desire is that we might see our desperate need for Him, to understand the terrible guilt and wickedness of our sins.

Think of it this way, we don’t need a doctor until we realize we’re sick or something is truly wrong within us. The same is true when it comes to the light of Christ. Most of us like to think that we’re pretty good chaps, until His light reveals our real selfishness, ulterior motives, false love, cowardness, and beastliness. Most of us are oblivious to just how deeply some of our words and actions have impaled and wounded other people, whether family, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. Once we can truly see and recognize our wretchedness, we can then begin to understand our own personal, and desperate, need of the Savior. But are we willing to approach the light and be exposed or creep back into the darkness and die in our sins?

1. When you consider the benefits of light in the natural realm, how does this transfer to the spiritual?

2. What does the Bible mean when it says, “In him [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men”?

3. What does the Bible mean when it says, “people loved the darkness rather than the light”? How does this affect people’s responses to both light and darkness?

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