September 22, 2023

The Deceit of Darkness

Therefore, whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. – St. Luke 12:3

HOUSTON – I love magic shows. I enjoy watching magicians use various skills to deceive our eyes into believing some random object is floating in midair, has changed colors, or disappeared. My favorite skill to watch is sleight of hand. Sleight of hand is defined as skillful deception. The best magicians can literally stand inches away from you and use sleight of hand to deceive you into believing the unimaginable. However, the truth is, it is just an illusion. A trick skillfully constructed to deceive the eyes. Darkness, in my opinion, is Satan’s sleight of hand. He skillfully uses darkness to deceive many into believing “that which is done in darkness will remain in darkness”. When I speak of darkness, I mean those things done behind closed doors, out of public view, and those things done and spoken amongst confidants. The Gospel of Luke sheds light (literally) on the illusion of darkness and reveals the truth about the things men and women believe will remain in darkness. Here are some things to consider to avoid Satan’s sleight of hand.

God’s Omnipresence.
God is everywhere at the same time and He is listening and watching. There is no place on earth you can go, and God is not present. Many have proven throughout the years; how easy it is to deceive and withhold information from man. However, God knows what we are going to do before we know what we are going to do. Ask yourself, will my actions please God? If the answer is no, pray and ask God to reveal His will for your life. Satan’s greatest illusion is convincing so many to lie, cheat, steal and kill to achieve the things we desire in life. Satan thrives in darkness. He never reminds us of this truth revealed by the Gospel Luke. “What’s done in the dark will come to light”.

What is the worst-case scenario?
I missed a lot of fun as a youth and admittedly, God Omnipresence was not being considered. There was however (and still today) one consistent thought on my mind “what is the worst thing that can happen if I get caught, if someone finds out, or if this is revealed? “Considering the worst- case scenario always kept me out of trouble. As a child, I had a great relationship with my parents. I knew my parents loved me and on occasion, that love was revealed through discipline. So, in part, I considered the worst-case scenario to prevent beatings (I meant to say disciplined). God loves us. As our heavenly parent, He disciplines us when we walk in darkness. If you consider “what is the worst-case scenario”, it will decrease your odds of being disciplined by God.

Someone always has a camera!
Understand this God will use any and everything, including technology to reveal this truth: what’s done in the dark will come to light. Let’s face it, cameras are everywhere. Because of technology, actions committed in darkness are a click away from the rooftop. While we cannot control the person(s) recording us, we are capable of controlling our actions. Live your life in way that is pleasing to God and beware of Satan’s sleight of hand.

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