Monday, March 25, 2013

When I sit in darkness ...

Micah 7:7-8 (NKJV) Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me.

We have all been there; perhaps some of us are there right now. I have even questioned my own faith in dark times. If you are like me, you could never abandon your faith. There is no denying His presence. There is no denying His love for me. I could never give up on God. Circumstances in the natural may sometimes dictate doom and destruction.

Nevertheless, as the prophet Jeremiah said, "But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones" (Jer. 20:9). No matter what the natural situation says---I could never give up on God. This is because I know God. He loves me and the enemy cannot convince me otherwise.

Some people have been challenged for years. The Bible has several examples of people who have had very good reason, in the natural to throw in the towel. There was Joseph, who gained favor with the Pharaoh, and except for the throne, became the most powerful man in Egypt (Ge. 41:40). There was Ruth who gained favor with Boaz, a man of great wealth (Ru. 2:1, 4:10). There was Esther, who married a King (Es. 2:17), and Mordecai who received the wealth of his enemy Haman, likely equivalent to a billionaire by today's standards (See my post titled, "The wealth of the sinner is yours", Jan. 16, 2012).

These were all people who suffered for years before their breakthrough. Joseph was a slave and imprisoned. Ruth was widowed along with her mother in-law, and a foreigner in a strange land. Esther was an orphan, also in a strange land. Mordecai was also a foreigner; his only family seems to be his cousin Esther. The prime minister wanted him dead and devised a plan to have him executed.

Each of these individuals suffered a great deal of time before their deliverance. However, what amazing restitution! I am a firm believer in, "the more trouble---the more double" (Ze. 9:12). Therefore, we know we have a victory in our future. How do we get through these times before the victory?

There is only one way. Learn to recognize the presence of Jesus in your life. When you discover the true friend He is you will always have light in the darkness. Learn to recognize Him through continual fellowship and communion. When your breakthrough comes, it will be worth the wait, no matter how long it takes.

Be blessed, my wealthy brothers and sisters!

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