‘I will give you the treasures…stored in secret places…’ Isaiah 45:3
Sometimes God doesn’t tell us why because He wants us to know who. In Psalm 23, David goes from talking about God, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd,’ to talking with Him, ‘Thou art with me.’ What happened in between? David learned that no matter how dark the way is, the Lord is there to guide us. He discovered that it’s better to walk through the valley with God than stand on the mountaintop alone. God doesn’t always light the path in advance, but He promises, ‘When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee…’ (Isaiah 43:2). When you feel like you’re out of your depth or in over your head, claim the promise! Job had many unanswered questions, but when he began to understand the difference between reason and relationship, he told God, ‘My eyes had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you’ (Job 42:5 NIV). When you can’t find the reason, trust the relationship. God won’t fail you. Contrary to what you may think, darkness isn’t always the work of the enemy. Sometimes it’s one of God’s best teaching tools. ‘…about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea…And when they saw Him…they were greatly amazed…beyond measure, and marvelled’ (Mark 6:48-51 NKJV). You get to know the Lord by going through storms with Him. The Psalmist said, ‘…the night is as bright as the day , for darkness is as light to you.’ (Psalm 139:12 NRS). So instead of running from your problems, ask God to develop your night vision, to show you ‘the treasures of darkness…hidden in secret places’ (NRS).
‘…you who…walk in the light of your fires…shall lie down in torment.’ Isaiah 50:11
When the darkness you are experiencing is God-ordained, don’t try to create your own light: ‘…you who…walk in the light of your fires…shall lie down in torment.’ Abraham decided to kindle his own fire when God’s promise of an heir didn’t materialise quickly enough. Tired of waiting, he decided to go it alone by fathering Ishmael, and ended up creating problems that would last for generations. God had already promised to liberate Israel, but Moses took it upon himself to do things his way. As a result he killed an Egyptian slave master and spent the next forty years in the wilderness (Exodus 2:11-15). Peter promised to follow Jesus to prison and to death (Luke 22:33), but because he didn’t wait for instructions he ended up lopping off an innocent man’s ear. When you’re in darkness by divine design you don’t have to be afraid, God will bring you through. Why are we so sure? Because the Bible gives us great promises like: ‘Light arises in… darkness for the upright…’ (Psalm 112:4 AMP), and ‘…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning’ (Psalm 30:5). The forty days Moses spent alone on the mountain, Elijah’s stay on Mount Horeb, and Paul’s years in the Arabian Desert weren’t wasted experiences; they were part of God’s plan. Jesus said, ‘What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight…’ (Matthew 10:27 NIV).
Notice two things in this Scripture:
1) It’s in your worst moments that God gives you some of your best insights.
2) People will listen to you because you’ve ‘earned the right to speak.’ So sit tight and let God teach you things which can only be learned in the dark.
Have a fab week,
till next time,
easy does it 🙂