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July 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Both day and night belong to you; you made the starlight and the sun.”—Psalm 74:16 (NLT)
I love identifying literary and film tropes and plot devices in books, shows, and movies. These are meant to help us relate to the story, understand it, and put pieces together. Sometimes, they’re subtle “Easter eggs” that you don’t consciously notice until the second or third viewing. Sometimes, they’re more obvious to let us know certain things about the plot and the characters. Colors, for instance, are a big indicator of whether a character is good or bad.
In Star Wars, Luke and Leia wear light colors, but Darth Vader and the Emperor wear black—and Han Solo, an anti-hero type who walks the line between light and dark wears a mix. A similar and fairly commonly used idea is that the night belongs to evil creatures that go bump, while the light is where the good guys thrive.
And while this trope certainly has some merit, as the night provides more shadows for evil and villainy, our verse today teaches us something we would all do well to remember: Both the day and the night belong to the Lord. Contrary to what some might believe, the night does not belong to the devil and his hordes of demons. Their power is not enhanced and God’s power diminished when the sun goes down. Satan did not create darkness. Satan did not bring about the night with the fall of man. Night existed before sin entered the world (Genesis 1:5, 14–15).
He is just as in control and sovereign and almighty at night as He is during the day. And we are just as susceptible to encounter evil and fall into darkness in broad daylight as we are under the cover of night. He doesn’t clock out; He doesn’t sleep.
Don’t be deceived; our God is always over all things, always working, always moving. I love how the Psalmist points out that He made starlight and sunlight. We can’t always see it. Sometimes, we allow the things of this world to obscure our view of His light. Sometimes, we have our eyes closed, which doesn’t allow us to see His light . . . But make no mistake, because even in the darkest moments, He is there, and He is shining His glorious light. And if we just open our eyes and seek His light, the dead of night won’t seem so dead anymore.
DIG: What is the danger in believing that the devil owns the night? That evil is more powerful at night?
DISCOVER: Are you more afraid of the night than the day? Is the night more dangerous? To a certain extent, particularly as it pertains to crime and physical safety and security, this is true. But what about as it pertains to your spiritual life? Do you consider yourself to be more vulnerable or susceptible to danger in the dark? If so, why?
DO: Be assured that no matter what may be going on, the Lord is in control. Pray and thank Him for His sovereignty and power in both day and night, and know that you are secure and safe in Christ.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.