And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was. - Exodus 20:20-21
I'm reminded today that I must sometimes step into the darkness around me to experience God. Whether the darkness represents me being tested or a situation where sin is occurring, I do not need to flee or remove myself because God is there.
God is not afraid of the darkness, he tests us in the darkness, he comforts us, calms our fears, and reveals himself to us in ways that cause us to be in awe of Him and understand his glory just a little bit more. This cannot happen though if I am constantly removing myself from challenges at work, dysfunctional relationships, or my calling as a leader for those I love and serve.
My hope is that today we will recognize the darkness around us. We will recognize where God is working and revealing himself. It is not always in the light even though he is the Light of the world.
My hope is that we will draw near to the thick darkness and find God at work in the hearts of the people all around us. We will seize opportunities to help a friend going through divorce or break-up, struggling with an addiction, or fighting depression. And in doing so, our reverence for God will increase, our understanding of his glory will increase, and our hearts and minds will be transformed.
Father, draw me closer to you. Help me to not fear the darkness of this world, knowing that nothing can separate me from your love. Holy Spirit, give me the strength and courage to lean in and serve the ones I love and lead who may be experiencing the darkness of this world. Jesus, thank you for making it possible for me to find the Father in the darkness, to approach Him with confidence, and be in relationship with Him.
- Where is darkness present around you and do you believe God is present and working in that darkness?
- Are there areas of your life where there is darkness that you need to address?
- How has God prepared you to meet Him in the darkness of the world?