“Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you” (John 12:35). Darkness here means “spiritual blindness, confusion, loss of clarity, gloom.” At first, I wondered, “Darkness on those who love Jesus? How could such darkness come upon God’s people?”
I readily admit, I personally have been flooded with the light of
Jesus. In my more than fifty years of ministry, I’ve witnessed the
Lord’s power to raise the spiritually dead. I’ve seen many walk out of
the tombs of drug addiction and alcoholism. My book The Cross and the Switchblade
was all about God’s miracle-working power. I’ve had a lifetime of
watching the walking dead come alive through His resurrecting power.
I’ve seen many other rays of light—from the life-giving names of God,
to His New Covenant promises, to the fulfillment of His prophecies. In a
sense, I’ve witnessed everything John 12 describes and much more.
Indeed, God has revealed to His people today what the eyes of those Jews
couldn’t see. We know not just from Scripture but by experience that
God has prepared great things for those who love Him. We’ve been given a
New Testament to instruct us in this and we’ve been given the Holy
Spirit to teach us. Likewise, we have “better promises,” so we can
become partakers of His divine nature.
We’ve also been given anointed teachers, pastors, evangelists and
prophets to flood our hearts and minds with the light. They immerse us
in truth, fill us with glorious promises, and remind us of God’s
faithfulness to deliver us time after time. I ask you, with all these
wonderful blessings, how could we possibly have clouds of darkness over
Usually, when we think of spiritual darkness, we think of atheists.
Or we think of jaded, sin-satiated sinners groping about in sorrow and
emptiness. But that isn’t the kind of darkness Jesus describes here in
John 12. No, this darkness is a cloud of confusion, a spiritual
blindness, indecision, a gloom of spirit and mind—and it comes upon
When those times come, when we’re besieged by temptation or despair,
we’re to say with confidence, “You’ve delivered Your servants
supernaturally throughout history. Do it again and let Your strength be
made perfect in my weakness.”