It is not God’s will that people love the darkness, but that they will see the light. But people are evil, and that is why they love darkness. The Bible says: “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).
Living in darkness
Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, man has lived in darkness under the power of the prince of darkness, Satan. The world is called “this present darkness” which has “cosmic powers” over it, that is to say, Satan and his demons. This is in total opposition to God, for “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1: 5).
Jesus came into the world as light
However, God did not leave this world in darkness. He sent his son Jesus, who said “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (John 12:46). That is the only hope for the world. That is the only hope that people will turn from darkness to light. God is the only source of light, and only He can give us light. If we believe, He “has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Delivered from the domain of darkness
When we have received that light from God, we have been delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of his beloved Son (Colossians 1:13). “Whoever follows the Son will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
The darkness appeals to the natural man
The darkness appeals to the natural man. Since believers still have to struggle with the old man, it is necessary to warn them “take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness” (Ephesians 5:11), and to “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12). We do so enthusiastically, especially because we know that ‘this present darkness’ will last not much longer. Jesus is coming back! “The night is far gone, the day is at hand” (Romans 13:12). Knowing that, the Lord sends us into the world, like he sent Paul, to all people “to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith” (Acts 26:18).
For it is not God’s plan that people love the darkness, but that they will receive his light!