...For John, with his set of symbols and imagery, darkness is not something which seeks to “understand (comprehend)” the light, but represents the forces of evil which seek to “overcome (conquer)” it. The English verb “to master” may be used in both sorts of contexts, as “he mastered his lesson” and “he mastered his opponent.”
You are the light of the world; a city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16).
History shows that persecution and restrictions placed on believers cannot stop the Gospel from moving forward. Sometimes restrictions, imprisonment,and even martyrdom have actually fueld the flames of revival. - 2011 30 Days of Prayer booklet, Day 27, page 35
The nature of light is to shine - and light penetrates darkness. Try as I might, there will always be points of light poking through our window. And I pray that they will always remind me that no matter how bad the battle with darkness might look, ultimately, light will prevail. My job, like yours, is just to shine.