Darkness – typically thought of as bad. Devoid of light, nightfall, blackened, lost, secret, closed…blinded. The Bible often uses darkness as meaning “not in God’s light.” As a child I was terribly frightened of the dark…actually carried that fear well into adulthood.
But, I have learned through personal experience that darkness is not all bad…and darkness does not have to be synonymous with the absence of God. Just maybe, when darkness comes, it signifies that we are under the shelter and in the shadow of our Lord(Ps 91:1). We have discussed the important concept of knowing that as children of God, nothing happens to you that He has not allowed.
During times of darkness there are treasures to be found (Isaiah 45:3)…learning to be had, growth to be gained, disciplining to become a disciple, strengthening for the attacks to come. When darkness comes, most run from it, distract themselves in it through their escapes/idols/addictions…or simply sleepwalk through it.
Today, when you find yourself in the midst of physiological or spiritual darkness turn to your God for strength. Don’t run from it; rather look for the treasures in those secret places. While in the dark turn to His Presence…His Word…His Spirit. And you will soon see His Lighthouse guiding you step by step.
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Dear Father God, I know Father that You are perfect in all Your ways…therefore it is impossible for You to be careless. Nothing happens to me that You have not allowed. When I experience times of darkness – times that You could have prevented – it sometimes feels as if You are being careless with me. I pray Father that You equip me to navigate in the darkness…and that You will teach me how to use that equipment. I pray this in the name of the one you sent who experienced the darkest of times while paying for my sins, Jesus Christ; And all God’s children say – AMEN!
I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.