I was lying in bed last night, listening as the wind roared. It was as if there were a thousand mighty horses stampeding through the woods surrounding our house, bringing a powerful force with them. Hail hit our window and lightning lit up the room as the horses came closer.
I prayed, remembering a time when Jesus was with His disciples in a boat and a terrible storm raged.
“He [Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’” (Mark 4:39-40 NIV.)
The lightning faded from our bedroom walls and the power went out. The glowing lights from our alarm clocks were gone, the light illuminating our backyard, also gone.
It was completely dark. The thunder rumbled in the distance, the rain continued to pelt the window and our roof.
And somewhere in the midst of the darkness, I fell asleep and slept peacefully.
When I got up this morning, I thought about that wind. I went to Scripture and read about Elijah hearing the voice of God after the wind.
“The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” (1 Kings 19:11-12 NIV.)
I believe God spoke to me after the wind of last night’s storm through His Word this morning just as He has done for so many of us so many times.
What He revealed to me was this: God is in the darkness.
“The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.” (Exodus 20:21 NIV.)
“Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.” (Psalm 97:2 NIV.)
We don’t need to be afraid. We are in a storm, a darkness of uncertainty.
But we can be certain God is with us in this darkness.
“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Psalm 139:11-12 NIV.)
Darkness is simply another place where God is, another place where we can trust Him. There is no place where we can escape His presence. No storm too great for Him to reach us. No home or room too isolated where He can’t meet with us.
We must have faith and believe God is working all things out in the darkness, in the place where our eyes fail us, the place where our faith is tested, the place where we are still and listen for His whisper.
Stand fast in the darkness, stand firm in the faith, and cling to the King of Kings.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV.)
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIV.)
“My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” (Psalm 63:8 NIV.)
“On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” (Revelation 19:16 NIV.)
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