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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Quiet Time: God in the Darkness

God in the Darkness
Pressing On In God's Presence
"The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." – Deuteronomy 31:8

A pastor friend recently shared how God often shows up in the darkness.

So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. – Exodus 19:16

And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. – Matthew 14:25

One thing struck me: How God sometimes cloaks Himself in order to grow our faith. Like the Hebrews and even Moses (Heb. 12:21) we may be full of fear; but, soon enough we find that His presence dispels our panic.

It’s easy to freeze when fears arise; however, if we press on, like Joshua (Deut. 31:8), we soon find the promises of God made sweet by His presence.
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
- Psalm 119:103

Honestly, I don’t always see God in the circumstances, but that’s okay. I know He’s near; even when my faith is small.  
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)
And that is enough to keep moving forward.

You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.

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