Day and Night :: Warren Wiersbe
Read John 9:1-5; Romans 13:11-14
These two passages seem to be contradicting each other. Jesus says that the night is coming,a nd Paul tells us the night is far spent!
Of course, there is no contradiction, because Jesus and Paul are talking about two different nights. Jesus is reminding us that we must work today, while we have the opportunity, because the night is coming and we will not be able to work. Satan is out spreading darkness because he is the prince of darkness. Judas went out “and it was night” (Jn 13:30).
Paul sees this present age as a time of darkness, but the darkness is passing as we get nearer to the return of Jesus Christ. We are children of the day, not of the night (1 Th 5:1-9); therefore, we had better wake up, clean up, and dress up for the battle! Jesus is coming again, and we don’t want to be caught napping!
As far as Christian witness is concerned, the situation is getting darker. We must work for Christ while it is day; we must redeem the time—buy up the opportunity—before the darkness engulfs the world. But we must realize that, while darkness is coming to the world, the light is about to dawn for the Christian. The day star is about to appear! “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming” (1 Jn 2:28).
(Copyright, Warren W. Wiersbe. First appeared in Thoughts for Men on the Move. May not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of the author.)