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Saturday, February 9, 2008

DAYS OF DARKNESS

God discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. (Job 12:22)


And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said to Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear;but let not God speak with us, lest we die.


And Moses said unto the people, Fear not; for God is come to prove you, and that His fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was. (Exodus 18-21)

Thought For Today~

We are entering days of darkness regarding the economy, the war on terrorism, the division of Israel, and the moral decline of Western Societies. Many wonder when the next terror attack will occur. Many are worried about losing the homes they have worked so hard to attain. Some face physical ailments that no pill or drug can cure, myself included in that number.


But through it all, there is a God in the Heavens who sees in and through these dark, troubling days. Darkness is as the noon day sun to Him. He is never taken by surprise. He has given us promises we need to remind Him of in our daily times of prayer. For example:


But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: (1 Peter 2:9)


Why do we go through dark days and dark times in our lives? Isaiah tells us:

"I (God) will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron; And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel."


There are treasures that can only be found in the darkness. Like many things in nature, the most beautiful gems on earth went under the most intense pressure in the most darkest of places. He is making us His gems to bring glory to Himself at the end of the age and for all of eternity.


"I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." (Psalm 45:7)


The ten commandments that have served as the foundation stone of Jewish and Western Civilization were given out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of thick darkness. (Deuteronomy 5:22) Moses was drawn to that darkness! What a strange character he was.


The people saw the darkness and withdrew; Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21)


We have a promise from our Father in Heaven concerning personal days of darkness. One of them is in Psalm 112:4-

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness;
He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.


There are important lessons to be learned in this regard. Fear not, He is an excellent teacher.

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