It isn’t easy to walk in the dark and it is far more dangerous. Jim Cymbala, of the new book, Spirit Rising, told a story of his dark adventure. One night, as a small boy, he was walking in the dark, when he stubbed his toe on a container he had not previously known was there. He made this observation, had he been walking with the light on, he would have been able to see what was in front of him.
Most of us would like to know – “what is in front of me.” If we knew what God had planned we might not be so anxious about giving up. Quitting would not be in my vocabulary if I could see my tomorrow. My wife and I have anxiously followed a small newborn, still in the hospital after some months, with several complications. The mother posted a picture of the child at birth and one this past weekend; the difference was remarkable, untold miracles have enveloped this child since birth, giving him the strength and life. Looking back the Mother can say, God has been faithful.
But you say, I need something right now! Walking in the dark with an unknown future is difficult, to say the least, but here are three distinct points to remember.
God’s presence is magnified in the dark. The presence of God is most cherished when I have walked through the dry time, wrestled with my emotions and worried through the problem. God is so close during the difficult days. Tears are easy to come by but God’s hand lifting me up and keeping me courageous is encouraging each and every day.
My daughter recently bought a night-light in case one of her two boys gets up during the night. But the night-light is off through the night but comes on when someone passes by. You may not see God’s presence when you want to but in the dark, when you are walking alone, the light comes on. God’s presence is magnified in the dark.
God’s promises are exemplified in the dark. It is in the low times, the dry times and the dark times that the Word of God becomes most precious. The Bible is not filled with just poetry and prose but promises. Promises of His faithfulness. “…lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20). You are not alone. Cry out to Him right now. Look in the Bible and find the lit path in your dark time. Psalms 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
God’s peace is found in the dark. Finding peace in the middle of the storm and finding peace in the middle of turmoil is unknown to some who may not know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord but God is able to bring a peace that calms the heart in the worst of the night. Don’t cry yourself to sleep – pray yourself to sleep. Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Peace is mentioned over 400 times in scripture and you can find some peace in your darkness.
Comment below: Shout Out! of a dark time in your life when God gave you His presence, promise or His peace.