It was still dark when I turned on the kitchen light, sending several roaches shooting toward the nearest dark corner. One didn’t manage to hide immediately and shot crazily here and there in frantic flight from the enemy – light. In ten seconds there was no trace of a roach. Roaches remind me of the Bible picture of the sinner: “Whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed” (Jn. 3:18-20 NIV). The sinner’s reaction to God’s light is like the roach’s to natural light.
No one likes roaches! They are evil and deserve to die. Their instinct suits their character; they flee the light that exposes them to extermination.
The roach is repugnant to us; the light is repugnant to the roach. In the same way, the sinner avoids God. They “extinguished” Jesus, “the light of the world” (Jn. 8:12), but now that He is alive again they avoid Him at all costs. At the sight of a Bible or the mention of God, many people escape to the comforting darkness of their world of sin.
Origin Of The Species
We were not created with a “cockroach” nature. The Bible says that “God saw all (the creation) He had made, and it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). He placed His crowning creation, mankind, in a beautiful garden surrounded with every imaginable pleasure, and only one prohibition.
The enemy came along and, in Genesis 3:4, deceptively convinced the woman that God really didn’t care about their happiness, but was holding out on them. In so many words the serpent said, “Take my advice, and you’ll be like gods: intelligent and better equipped.”
They listened to his lies and betrayed the God who gave them life and every good, supposedly improving their condition. But for the first time they knew shame, fear and inhibition, and began the flight from God and from all the imagined dangers that still lurk in the human psyche.
And that’s how we got the human “cockroach.” We have refined it, but we can’t change its nature. Only God can give the new nature. Trust Him. God didn’t send His light to frighten us, but to show us our need and offer us new life, to change us from our roach nature to the nature of His Son.
Don’t back away from God, frightened. Come, surrender and let Him change you. “Whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God” (Jn. 3:21). If you need more information, we can show you the way.
By Bill Van Ryn
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org