In the Dark
By Barbara Godfrey
CBN Staff Writer
- Have you ever wondered why it seems that the longer you
remain in the dark, the clearer things become? It is awesome how
God causes this to be so in the natural as well as in the spiritual.
I remember many times as a child being afraid of the dark. My
father would say, "Do not be afraid. Just keep looking and you
will begin to see." That reminds me of how eloquently our Heavenly
Father says the same thing:
"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid"
(Psalm 27:1, KJV)?
When I reflect on the course of my life, I find that I gain the
most spiritual insight during times of deep despair. Not only
do I learn how faithful God is, but I also learn how and why He
orchestrates these situations.
During one of my most desolate times, I learned exactly what
these Scriptures mean.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them
that Love God, to them who are called according to His purpose"
(Romans 8:28, KJV).
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you" (1Thessalonians 5:18, KJV).
I have often wondered, "Lord, why is there so much pain? Why
must I feel the agony of rejection and loss?" Through my crying
out to God, I heard His voice reminding me of a prayer I whispered
years ago but had forgotten. He said, "My child, remember you
asked Me to show you those who were broken hearted and hurting?"
"Yes, "I cried. "How can you minister to them unless you have
felt their pain?" At that moment, the tears of sadness turned
to tears of joy, because in this dark place, I was able to see
God is a loving and merciful Father, and everything we encounter
in our lives is because of His love. It causes us to grab hold
of Him, exercise our faith, and mature into vessels fit for His
service. Suddenly, I realized He answered my prayer and was equipping
me to do the work I requested so long ago!
Whenever you find yourself in the dark, do not be afraid. Remember
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path"
(Psalm 119:105, KJV).
God wants to use us to light the pathway for others in darkness
so they can find their way to Him.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew
When you are walking through a dark time in your life, be encouraged
by this verse:
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises
of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous
light" (1 Peter 2:9, KJV).
Being in the dark is not a bad thing; it can be a time to grow
in God, a time to learn to trust God, and a time to be thankful
for all God has done for us. This will give us compassion for
others as God shows them the light in their darkness.
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