In one of his psalms, King David wrote, speaking to God, “To you, the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.”1 I’ve always found that to be a beautiful description of God’s ability to be everywhere and see everything.
In the context of the psalm, this verse is describing how nothing we do is hidden from God’s sight, and specifically, how God is able to see our “hidden sins.” However, it also makes an interesting statement about darkness.
To God, darkness is nothing like it is to us. We can’t see at all in pitch dark, and there’s not a whole lot we can do in limited light either. But before God created the universe, it was completely dark and formless,2 so clearly, God has no trouble working in darkness.
No matter how obscure the circumstances or situations we face, God can see the path ahead. The darkness of an uncertainty that affects us and clouds our mind makes no difference to Him. While we have trouble navigating in the dark, He doesn’t.
Making the right choices is a heavy responsibility, especially when our choices will affect others. But we don’t have to do so entirely alone. While God wants us to learn and grow in making right decisions, He’s also willing to share His insight and wisdom, to let us benefit from His light.
As King David also wrote, “O Lord, you are my light! You make my darkness bright.”3