‘IF THE LORD IS WITH US, WHY HAS…THIS HAPPENED?’ JUDGES 6:13 NIV
A hundred years ago Germany’s exclusive textile mills had special rooms dedicated to spinning the world’s finest lace. Each room was dark, except for the light falling from a small window onto the weavers work. That’s because lace is more beautiful when the weaver is in darkness and his work is in the light. Usually God’s purposes are and His power displayed, in our darkest experiences when like Gideon you ask, “if the lord is with m e, why has…this happened?’ when there seems no rhyme or reason, God’s promise is, ‘I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord…who calls you by name’ (Isaiah 45:3 NIV).
Anybody can be faithful in good times, but standing by night in the house of the Lord (Ps 134:1 NIV) takes real commitment. Hymn writer George Matheson wrote: ‘Will I remain in God’s house at night…love Him for who He is…know I desire not the gift but the Giver? When I can remain...during the darkness of the night and worship…I’ve accepted Him for Himself alone.’ When the Israelites faced their greatest challenge, the red Sea, the Bible says, ‘All that night the Lord drove the sea back’ (exodus 14:21 NIV). Be encourage, God is working, even though you can’t see Him.
After all, how can God give us ‘songs in the night’ (Job 35:10) if the sun always shines? Jesus said, ‘What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight’ (Matthew 10:27 NIV). It’s in life’s dark places that God shares things which strengthen you, and encourage those around you.
Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Rev 5-5, Mark 15:21 – 26, Ps 48, Pr 13:2-3 www.mpbs247.org
Soul Food Reading: Rev 5-9, Mark 15:21-26, Ps 48, Pr 13:2-3