The Bible begins with God at work in the dark: “And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep” (Genesis 1:2).
Out of the darkness, God called for light…and there was light.
That is God’s pattern…He brings light out of darkness.
You may be experiencing a dark time in your life. Take heart. On the darkest day, God makes a way.
Some light breaks through in dark times when we remember that all earthly trials are temporary.
My work has placed me with people in the most trying times of their lives. I have been there when tears were flowing, when all the castles had tumbled, when the feared and unwanted had become reality. But I have watched these same people rise up in faith after their storms and get on with positive living, even seeing their former trials as learning experiences that contributed to later gains.
At the age of seventeen, a friend of mine was involved in a serious automobile accident. He suffered injuries that required 137 stitches in his head and in addition to the multiple cuts and bruises, he lost four front teeth. But there was another bruise that was more difficult to bear…a financial bruise. The car he had been driving was not insured and he found himself facing a huge debt.
Concerned about the overwhelming financial obligation, he returned to work within two weeks after the accident. Soon he added a second job and asked for all the overtime he could get. Through hard work and disciplined spending, he paid off the entire debt in less than three years.
Later, my friend became an extremely successful building contractor and land developer. Interestingly, he views the automobile accident that took place in his youth as one of the key factors that led to his success and is thankful for that dark time when God was at work in his life, teaching him discipline that would equip him for tasks ahead.
Sometimes God works in the dark time by proving the promises He gave in better days are true.
Never question in the dark what God gave you in the light.
A man with whom I spoke had reached nearly ninety years. His clear witness for his Lord was well known in the community where he lived, as was his consistent life.
Our conversation turned to the subject of heaven. At first mention of that promised place, tears came to his eyes, quickly spilling over their wrinkled barriers and washing down his weather-beaten face.
“The days are getting brighter all the time!” he said.
He had spent his life believing the promises in the Bible about heaven and now that health was failing and strength was departing, he found them sufficient. God was leading him safely through the valley of the shadow of death with light He had given to him in days of strength.
Don’t let your present difficulties defeat you.
Remember, God often works in the dark.
Roger Campbell is an author, a broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.