“At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear Him. ‘What I tell you in darkness’ – watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet. If you open your mouth in the dark, you will talk in the wrong mood: darkness is the time to listen. Don’t talk to other people about it; don’t read books to find out the reason of the darkness, but listen and heed. If you talk to other people, you cannot hear what God is saying. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light.
After every time of darkness there comes a mixture of delight and humiliation (if there is delight only, I question whether we have heard God at all), delight in hearing God speak, but chiefly humiliation – ‘What a long time I was in hearing that! How slow I have been in understanding that! And yet God has been saying it all these days and weeks.’ Now He gives you the gift of humiliation which brings the softness of heart that will always listen to God now” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).
Some of you are going through dark places. Some even are walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
Believe that God is there with you, every step of the way from beginning to end. Believe that God has a special and precious message for you that you can only hear in this dark place. Believe that this is a message that someone else will need from you once you are back into the light.
Trust in God’s good heart when you can’t see His hand of guidance. Trust that He is good, no matter what and no matter where. God is good, all the time.