The bible describes remarkably splendid, visible manifestations of God’s presence through light (fire, thunder & lighting, or as a flame). The shekinah glory is the manifest presence and power of God among His people.
However, since the fall of humanity, we now walk in darkness. We walk in darkness. Apart from God…apart from His presence and goodness…we walk in darkness. Darkness is spoken of some 200 times in the Bible. It’s a picture of life apart from God, apart from His direction, apart from His wisdom, apart from His love and care.
We have important decisions to make; we don’t know what to do. We are foolish, or ignorant, or confused; that is darkness. We blunder around. We hurt people. We walk in darkness. We become afraid. We lose hope. Sometimes darkness takes the form of choking our hearts.
But God promises is His glory. Speaking of the day when Messiah would come, God says through the Prophet Isaiah:
Isaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of darkness, a light has dawned.
John 3:19-21 “This, then, is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. 21 But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.”
Jesus warned us in John 3:19-21 that “people loved darkness rather than the light.” Yes, it’s a dark world. There can be darkness is inside of us. We kind of get used to it. If our own lives are going well, we can get used to living with darkness. But God doesn’t get used to it.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a fail-safe plan to restore His glory.