If You Are Experiencing a Season of Pain Or Trial Or Darkness, This May Be the Very Word You Need

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This was a Word from which I could not get away.
It drew me.
It attracted my attention.
It is so highly relevant.
Do not dismiss what follows.
"The people remained at a distance while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was" - and you can find in the Old Testament Book of Exodus Chapter 20 and at verse 21.
I was in a situation last week from which I expected so much, and came away so disappointed.
There was a pain and a darkness but I knew that God was with me, and I turned again to these words.
There is a lot of thick darkness around.
We may have to go there - to visit there - experience such places or times - or go through such seasons - and find God there.
It is a paradox.
God is light, cries John, and in Him is no darkness.
Paul speaks about being rescued out of darkness into His marvellous light.
When Almighty God touches a nation - a church - an individual life - there is this cry - like that of Isaiah - "Arise shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
And yet there is this sombre phrase - "The thick darkness where God was".
It is significant that the people remained at a distance, and left this one man Moses to travel the road alone.
The whole convoy of people halted and camped and allowed Moses to go and meet with Almighty God.
What would it look like?The abode of doom?And yet that is where God was! What does this mean - the thick darkness - and - God? Take the descendents of those same people six hundred years later - the nation of Israel.
There was a day when a terrible thick darkness loomed upon them - when all the glory of the Exodus - when all the majesty of the reign of David - when all the dreams of the Spirit fill prophets seemed utterly eclipsed - the day of Exile and disintegration.
"By the rivers of Babylon - we sat down - we wept when we remembered Zion.
When the taunt of the Babylonian tormentors rang out - Where is your God? - the real piercing sting was the horrible suspicion that the taunt was true.
Had God left His people to their fate?The Temple back in Jerusalem was in ruins.
The people were afar off in darkness - helpless - hopeless - miserable - and one man drew near into the thick darkness - Jeremiah was his name - and penetrated into the very heart of that thick darkness.
He discovered the outlines of a plan and a purpose - a national destiny far more splendid than Israel in her most glorious days had ever dared to dream.
God was with Jeremiah the prophet in what was thick darkness.
If you happen to be going through a season of pain or trial or darkness, you can find God in the darkness, and a light will shine.
Sandy Shaw

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