Night Unto Night Showeth Knowledge
Before light there was darkness, the darkness of our separation from God. In this night souls gained knowledge of universal laws through suffering. A way of redemption was prepared through, and out of, this state of separation. "In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
In each of us there is the pattern of the original state of separation. With the night, there comes to us an opportunity for rest, reflection, meditation and inspiration; or a time for sin, misery, and mental torture. Just so, in each trying experience of life, night may teach us such a lesson of love and sympathy that we may be changed individuals, or it may harden us, submerge us, until our lives become a burning hell.
Gradually we may learn that life is an opportunity to better understand our relationship with the Father. If our experiences make us more like Him, more kind, more considerate of the fallen, more tolerant of those in authority, they are worthwhile experiences.
The night affords opportunity for us to appreciate the light; for hard experiences show us knowledge. Night is as a film upon which the real may be pictured. In this experience we may obtain a picture of the activity of light and become aware of whether we are making ourselves one with the light or are being held in darkness.
We have within us both light and darkness, and we must make the separation even as God did in the beginning with the whole universe. Creation is going on all the time in us, and we are becoming either children of light or of darkness.
While in darkness, we may become conscious of the light through the light within. It is then possible to realize our opportunity to turn around and come to the appreciation of the light even in the physical. How much more this is possible in the spiritual! "See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil." "Choose you this day whom ye will serve."
Our spiritual activity must be in the day, in the light, if we would help others; for the night of doubt will come when no one can work. It will be then the time of harvesting that which we have sown.
When the Master was tempted, He did not deny the existence of evil; rather, He recognized it for what it was, and made the separation, saying, "Get thee behind me, Satan." When passing through the great trials of night, we have only to make our wills one with that of the Christ. If we mean this, then the burdens become lighter, the trials easier to bear.