Who among you fears the Lord and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God. But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires. (Isaiah 50:10-11a NLT)
Have you ever been in total darkness? It can be a very frightening experience. God working his sovereign will, sometimes removes us from the light of his presence. Groping in darkness, the temptation is to build our own fires to guide our path. In doing so, we start to walk by sight rather than faith.
If we feel like God is absent, we begin to trust in our righteousness instead of that of Christ. Walking by sight, we start to fix our gaze on things on earth rather than in heaven. Gradually, we commence finding fulfillment in our worldly possessions, instead of pleasing God. Before we know it, our focus is on the temporal rather than the eternal. Matthew Henry, once said, “creature comforts are like flaming torches, short-lived and soon gone.” We fixate on our ability to create earthly treasures, only to find out it is like trying to hold water between our fingers.
Faith is counter-intuitive to the natural senses. The more you see, the more the senses are activated. Through the truth of his word (Romans 10:17 NASB) faith is initiated by the unseen God. God often takes us into darkness to open our spiritual eyes. In times where all we have on which to depend is God’s word, is when we learn whether God is faithful or not. Live by the light of your own fires, and you will never know his faithfulness.
Image used with permission by Microsoft.
Ken Barnes the author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places” YWAM Publishing