This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary …
Rely on God
Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.
Fearing God and obeying His word doesn’t exempt one from darkness and perplexity. This verse indicates that. While a believer can certainly enter a season of darkness because of sin and backsliding, it’s also possible when there’s genuine fear of God and sincere obedience.
We don’t necessarily know why God allows such darkness, but He does give us the only answer: trust in who He is and solely depend on Him. If I were to guess why God allows such darkness at times, I would say that it’s to strip us of everything except a wholehearted trust in Him, solely relying on Him.
When there’s spiritual darkness, we don’t know what to do or where to turn. All our wisdom and plans are swallowed up. The natural light of our understanding has been replaced by perplexity. We may well cry out with the psalmist: “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (Ps. 13:1). Later on, David prayed: “Light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death” (Ps. 13:3).
At the end of that psalm, David gave the same answer as Isaiah: “But I have trusted in your steadfast love . . .” (Psalm 13:5). When God seems far and darkness near, there’s only one answer: trust in Him amidst the darkness and perplexity.
Throughout the Bible, God reveals His different names, indicating different aspects of who He is. The ultimate revelation of God’s name is Jesus: “For my name is in him” (Ex. 23:21). Jesus is God’s supreme revelation, being God Himself. He’s our only hope, especially when we don’t know what to do.
On what or who are you still relying besides God? We mostly don’t realize our many idols until darkness and perplexity comes our way: “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word” (Ps. 119:67). Ultimately, it’s for our own good, stripping us of any false assurance and grievous way.
Jesus, be my light in my darkness.
The Devotional Writer
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