"The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was." Exodus 20:21 Light and life are the descriptions we would usually give when we think of God's presence. Many are the scriptures that talk about God being light and how He dispells the darkness But what about those dark places? We know the truth of God's word that tells us the He will never leave us nor will He forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) but when there is prolonged seasons that are hard and painful we wonder in all our desperate humaness where we may have gone "wrong" or begin to question our own level of faith and trust. When times are dark there is often the desire to flee, to run away and to attempt to avoid the present situation. We want it "over", we want "out" and we want it "taken away". But maybe there are times when God asks us to approach this thick darkness because He IS there waiting for us. Maybe, just maybe, there hovers an encounter like no other we have ever experienced? Something that will change us forever. We can take encouragement from Moses. He walked straight into the darkness not knowing and not seeing a step ahead. There Moses had an encounter with God in such a powerful way that changed the course of his future God is God whether there is light or dark. You may not see with your natural eyes but your heart will know that He is there. You may not feel that you can "fly" or you may not even see light for the next step at this time, however, you are never alone. He is with you and you can put your hand securely into His. Psalm 18:11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him--the dark rain clouds of the sky 1Kings 8:12 Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud.
I very much relate to what you write here. Nice blog! "He is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path" (Psa 119:105). The Lord lights up the darkness. Amen.
"The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." That light we now know was Jesus Christ. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isa 9:2,6)
beelady - I love that scripture you have shared and the messianic promise as well as the personal one that "the people that walked in darknesss have seen a great light.." I really don't know how people walk through situations without the hope that we have in Him. Thank you so much and may He bless you richly.
As I read this, I thought about a blog here at CB back in December 2007. I had to rummage around in the "attic" a bit but I found it. The blog is called [blog=kreynolds/teardrops/] Teardrops [/blog] and I wrote it a few days prior to having a biopsy. I mentioned that blog because I think it really illustrates what you are talking about. The path I was facing was so dark! So, very dark! I did not want to travel down it. I wanted God to be my Knight In Shining Armor and snatch me away from this horror...
You know, He did but not my way... His way. For many, deliverance means POOF! The situation vanishes and we go on our merry way. Yes, that does happen... sometimes.
However, there is also clear evidence that we must endure something for a season before deliverance comes. The story of the Fiery Furnace comes to mind. If we were to apply the doctrine being taught in many churches today, those men were thrown into the fire because they sinned. Otherwise, God would have never allowed them to be cast into the fire.
In my case, God has permitted me to endure some very serious health issues and the types of things that accompany that. However, I have learned, truly learned, that God is bigger than all of these things and His grace truly is sufficient for me. I am weak and sick but... HE is not and because of Christ, regardless of how sick my body is, I can stand upright and walk in His strength... even in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Isn't that wonderful? We do not have to fear things like disasters, persecution, disease, injury, famine, hardship or even death. Why? Because we are tucked away in God's Hand and WE (meaning us as opposed to our body) are safe! What a joyous thing to know that regardless of what confronts us, we are safe!
You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 18:28
kreynolds, thank you for sharing about your own journey. (I am going to link and read your blog after replying here). You inspire and encourage me with your words and your testimony. "Tucked away in God's hand and we..are safe".. love this! God is so faithful. kreynolds, I am touched by your words.