May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, LORD
my Rock and my Redeemer.
When the storm clouds hover over us, day after day never seeming to pass and the darkness around us seems to close in life gets uncomfortable, it can be overwhelming.
We do not often think of darkness as a place where God dwells. But if He dwells in you and you are in that place in your life, then he is right there with you. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you” Deuteronomy 31:6 & Hebrews 13:5
Before digital technology, the film in a camera had to be developed in a dark room. If the film were exposed to light it would ruin the photo. Have you ever thought of that dark place as the place where God is developing a Godly Character in you?
But it is not only in the dark places of our life He desires to grow our character. His desire is for us to seek him in the good times and in the bad. It is in the quiet time we spend with Him that we can hear Him say,” My Child I am here with you.
I Love you, just sit here with me and let me hold you.” It is then that His peace will come.
But what about when we haven’t the energy, or the words to pray? What about the times when we feel we haven’t a tear left to cry? That is when the prayers of others carry us. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So, Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So, his hands held steady until sunset. Thus, Joshua won the battle. Exodus 17:11-13 Bear you one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
David was anointed by God twenty two years before he became the king. His character was being developed in the hidden places of a field practicing with a sling, killing lions and bears while watching over his sheep and later in a cave while running and hiding for his life. 1 Samuel 16:11 - 2 Samuel 5
Joseph was in a deep dark hole in the ground and later a prison serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. During this time, he was being developed with the character he needed for the high position God had ordained him for. Genesis 37–50.
We must trust God even in the hardest of times, allowing him to hold us when we have no more strength to hold on. Knowing that his plan for our life will come forth as his character is developed in us.
These things I have spoken onto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation: but be of good cheer; for I have overcome the world. John 16:33
And I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am THE LORD the God of Israel the one who calls you by name Isaiah 45:3
Elijah was a prophet of God, a man of faith and courage. Yet, Elijah experienced discouragement, and fear.
Jezebel sent a message to Elijah telling him she was going to kill him. Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. He left his servant in Beersheba and went on alone into the wilderness traveling all day. He sat under a broom tree and prayed that he might die. Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So, he ate and drank and lay down again. Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said “get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.” So, he got up and ate and drank and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai. There he came to a cave where he spent the night. But the Lord asked him, “What are you doing here Elijah? Go and stand before me on the mountain.” And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. But the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And the Lord asked him again, “What are you doing here Elijah?” Then the Lord told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus.” 1 Kings 18-19
God knew where Elijah was going and why he was going, God even made sure that he was provided for with strength for the journey he was about to embark upon. Because Elijah was overcome with fear, he spent over eighty days traveling. It wasn’t until Elijah just stood in the presence of the Lord that he could clearly hear the voice of God in a whisper.
How many times have we allowed fear to rule our life? The decisions we make, where we go, what we do, what we say, even who we associate with. I just wonder how much of God’s blessings for our lives are put on hold or even prevented because of fear?
For many the wilderness was and is a place of testing, and renewal. A time for God to build his character in us. Fear can cause us to react in all sorts of ways, but whatever the pathway we may take, our gracious loving father is faithful to supply every need for the journey. But it is not until we stop to listen for that still small voice in the wilderness place that we can hear him say; “Go back the way you came, I’ve got this.”
Do not Fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10