A Dark Hope


"Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow." Isaiah 50:11


"Beloved, do not try to get out of a dark place, except in God's time and in God's way.  The time of trouble is meant to teach you lessons that you sorely need…Just commit the whole situation to Him.  Be willing to abide in darkness so long as you have His presence." ~from The Still Small Voice, Streams in the Desert


I know it's hard to be in the dark.

It is scary and time passes so slowly there.

But to try to "kindle a fire" so that you might walk yourself out of the darkness will not work.  Your toiling and scheming will be counterproductive and your efforts will fail.

If the Lord has something to show you in the darkness, determine to know what it is and commit it to your heart and life.  Stand still until He has shown you the part of His character that He wants you to know.

In His time, He will guide you out by His light of understanding and complete reliance upon Him.  It will be a blessed time of intimacy with the Saviour.

If you want to know your God more, be still, even in the darkness. 

His presence is enough to sustain you even there.