As I reflect on tough times in my life, I think back about how God used them and the incredible things that came out of it. Going through them I can remember wanting God to take it away, make it go away, make it stop, make it end. On the other side and when I see how my findings or my experiences can be used to glorify God and to encourage others to not give up, I realize that if I had it to do all over again, I wouldn’t give it up for it taught me such great and deep truths and provided in me a testimony that can point others to God’s goodness and share that there is hope and there is a way and that they don’t have to be stuck in a downward spiral, but there is a way back up and it starts by looking up to God and asking Him for help. When I think about the betrayal and the lies, the mistreatment and the misdirection, I can understand why it upset me and was making me bitter. When I think about the truths revealed to me and spoken to me it was life changing. Forgiveness… It produced a healing in my body, mind, and spirit causing the heavy weight to melt off my shoulders and the acid in my stomach from the bitterness eating me away from the inside out to stop. It opened my eyes to problem I was creating in me physically, but also spiritually since I wasn’t supposed to be holding a grudge, but as God has forgiven me, I am to forgive others. I remember apologizing and asking God to forgive me for having held on for so long. He transformed my life after that moment and He produce a testimony that I have shared many times with friends and colleagues who are troubled and are allowing bitterness to start and take over and mess up their lives. The tough times or the dark times aren’t all bad, they aren’t comfortable and the reality is that God is more interested in our CHARACTER than He is with our comfort. When we get comfortable we can fall into a trap where we are no longer useful or helpful or moving forward. It could even cause us to be sitting on a beach when the battle for the souls of those around us are all under attack.
“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” – Isaiah 45:3
Periods of darkness…
- They have a particular purpose from God’s point of view
- They help us to come back to the truth and the fact that God is Lord
- They help us to realize that He is calling us by name
- They produce faith and testimonies about God’s faithfulness
- They reveal how personal He wants to be with each of us
- They reveal how faithful and trustworthy He is
Os closes his devotional with this thought/statement…
“Has God brought you into a place of darkness? Trust Him today to reveal that hidden treasure that can be found in this darkness. Let Him summon you by name. ” – Os Hillman
A God greatly feared and revered in the council of the holy (angelic) ones, and to be feared and worshipfully revered above all those who are round about Him? – Psalm 89:7 (AMP)
Even the angels in heaven fear and worship the Lord, they praise His mighty name. Let us be filled with a holy awe and give Him the honor that only He is worthy of.
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I lift You up Lord for all that You have done and allowed me to be a part of. I thank You for the Good Friday rehearsal time last night and I look forward to an incredible Good Friday service this week. I thank You Lord for Easter and the celebration and victory of Jesus who is alive. Lord, as I look to my time today help me to get the right things done that are a priority for You and to allow me to walk with the courage and hope and love and truth because You go before me and You watch my back and You walk with me every step of the way. Help me today I pray with wisdom and discernment so that every thought I think, every word I speak, and every action I take, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.