Walking in Darkness
Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of His servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. -- Isaiah 50:10
Many will recognize the experience described here as their own. It is the picture of one who fears the Lord and obeys Him, yet walks in darkness and has no light.
For all who may be passing through this experience, Isaiah has this word: "Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God." Never mind the darkness. Stay your heart upon God. The darkness may blind your eyes, but not His.
It may be you walk in the darkness of poverty. God knows all about it. All the silver and gold are His, and the cattle on a thousand hill. Fear not. Be not anxious. He will see you through.
It may be you walk in the darkness of affliction, or in a night of sorrow. Do not be dismayed. No matter how dark your way, go on trusting in God. Remember His promise is, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
Perhaps disappointment has darkened your way. Through some reverse of fortune or turn of events, your plans have been broken up and you have been forced to abandon a long-cherished hope. Do not lose heart. Trust everything to God, and trust Him for everything. You will discover presently that your disappointment was but the shadow of His presence, revealing to you other and better plans and a brighter hope.
It may be you have been walking in the dark a long while. You wonder why God does not roll the clouds away. You cannot understand it. No; but you will understand in due time. Go on believing in God's goodness and wisdom. Night means morning will come. "Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness."
If you cannot trust God in the dark, how can anybody believe that you trust Him at all? It is in the dark hours of life that we have the best opportunity to prove the strength and value of our faith. Never was the value of a firm trust in God more eloquently proclaimed and demonstrated, than when Job, in the midst of one of the darkest hours ever experienced by a human soul, triumphantly cried: "I know my Redeemer liveth . . . Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him."