Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Walking in the Dark

I was listening to an old sermon (from 2003) over the weekend by Pastor Toledo (my Senior Pastor @ Chicago Tab). The title was "Walking in the Dark" and the sermon was taken from Isaiah 50:10-11. I read it in another version this morning...

Who is among you who [reverently] fears the Lord, who obeys the voice of His Servant, yet who walks in darkness and deep trouble and has no shining splendor [in his heart]? Let him rely on, trust in, and be confident in the name of the Lord, and let him lean upon and be supported by his God. Behold, all you [enemies of your own selves] who attempt to kindle your own fires [and work out your own plans of salvation], who surround and gird yourselves with momentary sparks, darts, and firebrands that you set aflame!--walk by the light of your self-made fire and of the sparks that you have kindled [for yourself, if you will]! But this shall you have from My hand: you shall lie down in grief and in torment.

- Isaiah 50:10-11 (AMP)

Walking in the dark requires great faith if we're to do it the way God intends. Our human instincts are to "lean on our own understanding". We want something to grab a hold of, something to lean on in the dark. Yet what we (I) so often forget is that nothing and no one can support us like our God can. Just our trusting in Him and allowing our confidence to be in the Lord is more than enough support needed to go through our season of deep troubles. Self-made fires that we think can light our path do not change the darkness we're in. It only brings us tremendous grief in the end because we're trying to solve the problems in our own strength.

I am thankful for that reminder. God is faithful and His Word is true. I want to truly fear the Lord no matter what place I'm in. I want to be an obedient servant, even in the hard times. I was listening to a sermon online this morning by Pastor Carter Conlon (Senior Pastor of
Times Square Church). And interestingly enough, the word he shared was very similar -- about being obedient in times of suffering and affliction. He went on to speak about how in Christ, no matter what we are facing, we have the victory. Another reminder from the Lord to be confident in Him alone. Praise God that HE is in control and that He knows the end from the beginning. I am thankful for His promises that we can stand upon and lean upon in the day of darkness and trouble.

The Lord rewarded me for doing right. He has seen my innocence. To the faithful You show Yourself faithful; to those with integrity You show integrity. To the pure You show Yourself pure, but to the wicked You show Yourself hostile. You rescue the humble, but You humiliate the proud. You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. In Your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall. God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection. For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights. He trains my hands for battle; He strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow. You have given me Your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; Your help has made me great. You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.

- Psalm 18:24-50 (NLT)

1 comment:

Running with perseverance (Heb. 12: 1-3) said...

you are such a blessing miss jenn. thank you for letting God use you in this life :)