Ordinarily you might not consider that a believer in Jesus Christ—one who fears the Lord and obeys him would be walking in darkness. On the contrary, we would expect a Christian—a God fearing man or woman who obeyed their Lord to be walking in the light wouldn’t we?
But the truth of the matter is that there are times in our lives when we will experience darkness—unpredictable, unimaginable and unexplainable by any means of human understanding. Human tragedies of disease and death and be very dark times in anyone’s life. The loss of employment, of financial stability and seemingly irreconcilable circumstances in relationships and families can all take someone down a dark path. And at the height of your troubles, in the darkest of nights your heart cries out why oh God, why? Perhaps with the cries of why flow the tears of where—where are you God?
Most of us have gone through periods of great struggle that makes no sense at all and where it seems that the life of your prayer is simply falling to the ground unheard. And if you have not faced such difficult times I would encourage you to stand by, for it will come at some point. And it always comes with a purpose, for we know that God uses all things working together for our good and his purpose and will. He will use these ordained trials in our lives to enrich our growth in grace, to make perfect our patience and to enlarge our faith.
Of course the fleshly tendency is for us to take matters into our own hands instead of leaning on him and staying upon our God. Too often we launch into overdrive seeking a solution when no solution exists. We think that we have to do something—anything—we can’t simply wait around and do nothing. When we look at ourselves and the circumstance in which we find ourselves instead of looking to the one who is Lord over all circumstances we will sink. Just ask Peter about walking on water.
Arguably, one of the hardest aspects of trusting God is the timing, for we want the answer now. We want out of the darkness as quickly as possible. And yet God who is in control of every aspect of our lives has his own timetable, and the matter of faith connects both the belief that he can do it and that he will do it according to his own timetable. Many believers cannot wait, just as Abraham and Sarah couldn’t wait any longer for God to fulfill his promise of a son to them. Their decision to go out on their own and take control of their situation not only broke their faith with God but the results were somewhere between folly and disastrous. They did not trust in the name of the LORD and they did not stay upon their God.
Had the book of Isaiah been available in their day, Abraham and Sarah could have then read the next verse which gives a clear warning to those who push God out-of-the-way to take control.
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
How much sorrow have we experienced because we have not yet learned to lean on him and stay upon our God?