Our yellow evening primrose, like several flowers in our garden closes as the night approaches and opens in the morning with the sun. The primrose reminds me of the sensitivity Christians should have toward godliness and the revulsion we should express for evil.
In Scriptural imagery, God is light and in Him is no darkness. (See Ps. 27:1, Ps. 84:11). Light signifies the utter holiness of God and the standards He calls us to live up to; a life of purity, holiness and goodness. By contrast, darkness signifies evil, sin, disobedience, and moral corruption of any kind.
Unfortunately, from birth, we have a proclivity to embrace that which is dark and sinful. “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil”(John 3:19).
Jesus came as a light shining in darkness to destroy the works of darkness and call people to walk in the light. Aged Simeon held the baby Jesus in his arms and quoted Isaiah; “My eyes have seen your salvation…a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel”(Luke 2:30,32).
How do we, like the primrose, develop a sensitivity that distinguishes light from darkness? With the primrose this is natural. With us it is unnatural. So first, as Jesus said, we must be born again, made new, delivered from bondage to darkness. (See John 3) Then secondly, we must commit ourselves to absolute obedience to God’s principles. Those principles define holiness. Thirdly, we must fill our minds with those righteous principles through daily meditation on God’s Word. As we immerse ourselves in the Scriptures and daily apply what we learn, the Holy Spirit trains us to discern good and evil. He retrains our corrupted consciences to express alarm in the presence of evil.
Our cultures bombard us with propaganda that distorts good and evil. So often evil is proclaimed as if it was something wonderful; drinking, free love, gambling, borrowing beyond our capacity to repay–for example. To withstand the flood of moral turpitude inundating our countries, we desperately need to become hyper-sensitive to good and evil. Popular or not, may God help us to love the light and hate the darkness.