â€œI will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by nameâ€
In Isaiah 43:1 God says, â€œFear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.â€
If we are content to accept the things we do not understand and wait patiently, in due time He will reveal to us the treasures of darkness. He will unveil the riches of the glory of the mystery of the unknown to us.
The psalmist said, “Even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You” (Psalm 139:12).
Although darkness can be the work of the enemy, it can also be one of God’s best teaching tools.
Instead of running from our problems, itâ€™s better to ask God to develop our night vision, to show us â€œthe treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret placesâ€ (Isaiah 45:3).
When God sends or allows the darkness we are experiencing, we may try to generate our own light by taking matters into our own hands, but that is not a good idea. Isaiah 50:10 says, â€œLet him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.â€
Abraham grew tired of waiting for God’s promised heir. Sarah, his wife, came up with what they thought was a better idea. He fathered Ishmael, which created problems that would continue to our present time, and beyond.
Moses ran ahead of Godâ€™s promise to liberate Israel by killing an Egyptian slave master, which resulted in his spending the next forty years in the desert (See Exodus 2:11-15).
Impetuous Peter promised to follow Jesus to prison and to death (Luke 22:33), yet due to his impulsiveness, he lopped off the right ear of the high priestâ€™s servant (John 18:10), and denied Jesus three times (Matthew 26:74-75).
When we’re in darkness by divine design, we need not fear, because God will bring us through. He assures us: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morningâ€ (Psalm 30:5).
“Even in darkness light dawns for the uprightâ€ (Psalm 112:4). â€Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteousâ€ (NKJ).
However, the longer we push Him in the background of our lives, the more difficult it is to find Him in our deepest darkness.
God Will Not Fail You
When you walk through a dark valley,
No fear shall grip your soul.
When you’re climbing a steep mountain,
His hand will not let go. â€“Roy Lessin