..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Devotions from the Heart: Dark Places

by Pastor Derek Gitsham

"What I tell you in darkness, that speak
ye in light, and what you hear in the ear,
that preach ye upon the housetops." (Matthew 10:27)

Some of the rarest pearls we find are found
in the deepest depths and so it is in the
saints walk with God. Oftentimes great treasures
are revealed to us when in the darkest valleys.
How often we desire that the heavy load be lifted
off us so that we might be able to bear life’s trials.

Yet the Lord does not lift a little finger to
remove it till we have seen the amazing truths
that He is wanting to reveal through the trial.
If God is allowing a dark valley right now it
is not because of what you have, but what you
do not have. He is bringing into the life fresh
things, new things concerning Himself that will
bring glory to Him.

So important was it that we understand the
darkness that Jesus said, “What I tell you in
darkness, that speak ye in the light.” He is
speaking in the darkness, in the valley.
He has not, as most suppose, left His people,
He is still there, but not in the way that you
have been used to.

Now there is no trumpet, no miracles, no
supernatural worship. Now the Lord is requiring
that you simply believe Him, believe that He is
here. This will mean that we will have to go
against things within our hearts that will rise
up against the absence of any feelings or
experience and must patiently wait for Him to
return to the heart in due time.

Isaiah 30:18 says, “He waits to be gracious
to us.” Not because He wants to play games with
us, but because we are not ready for Him. The
verses before this one read, “For thus saith
the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, in returning
and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and
confidence shall be your strength, but you would not.”

That little piece of stubbornness was evident,
but the Lord just says He will wait. A dark place
it may be, but it will be for our good, and when
we make it into the light, preach it.

1 comment:

followJesuslove said...

It is important to remember that Jesus left us PEACE. Not as the world understands, but His Peace that passeth all understanding. Peace denotes QUIETNESS! Peace is not stirred up, and is not soulish or fleshy. Peace is from the Spirit of God! We can be in the midst of a dark situation or even in intellectual darkness (when we do not understand our sitation we find ourselves in), but we can still REST ASSURED in Peace and Quietness because His Spirit resides within us. When we are in this quiet place, even this dark place, we can REJOICE just as Paul and Silas Act 16:25 prayed and sang praises unto God while in Prison. They did not know what God had in mind of them, but they knew they were not forgotten by God! Hallelujah for His Spirit that Comforts us in the Darkness, and we can Rejoice in His LIGHT!