Summary: God walks the dark hills with His children. We carry the light, even though at times darkness tries to extingish the light.
GOD WALKS THE DARK HILLS
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I have before the church a burning candle.
I love the thought, I AM A CANDLE FOR THE LORD.
I GIVE MYSELF FOR THE LIGHT.
I. WILL WE WAIT ON GOD IN TIMES OF TROUBLE?
WILL WE SUBMIT TO THE PLAN AND PURPOSE OF THE
A. BROKEN LEGS MEND? WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO SHOOT A HORSE WHEN IT BREAKS A LEG?
Psalm 32:9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
B. I am told that a horses leg would mend, just like a human’s or a dog’s?
A dog has sense to be patient and hold it’s leg up when it is broken.
C. But a horse refuses to be immobilized and will constantly bang a cast, or fight a sling. The horse refuses to be clam enough to allow the break to heal.
D. A horse will put all it’s weight on the broken bone, and there is no choice but to put the animal down, for he refuses successful treatment.
II. GOD SAW LIGHT IS GOOD
Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
A. Where there is light, there is hope.
B. Where there is darkness there is confusion and distortion of the truth.
C. Many crimes and sin are hidden beneath the guise of darkness.
D. What is said in darkness is spoken in light.
What is done in darkness will be shouted from house tops.
E. Light exposes dirt! The lady lost her coin, the light exposed the dirt, she cleaned up the mess, and
she found her coin.
III. THERE IS AN ALL OUT ATTACK, NO HOLDS BARRED, ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR, ATTACK BY OUR ENEMY.
A. Our enemy hates the Light and is trying to exterminate and snuff the light.
Rev. 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
B.THE ENEMY WORKS OVER TIME KNOWING HE FACES A DEADLINE.
IV. THERE IS AN ALL OUT ATTACK OF OUR ENEMY TO DESTROY
THE POWER OF THE LIGHT AND THE POWER OF TRUTH.
HAVE YOU EVER FACED A DARKNESS THAT YOU COULD
A. WE WALK IN A DAY THAT PEOPLE FEEL LONELY AND FEAR
TRIES TO GRIP THE VERY SOUL AND SPIRIT OF BELIEVERS.
B. WE ARE TIRED, WORN, AND WEARY AND OUR REASONING AND
FAITH BECOMES HINDERED.
C. THE ENEMY THROWS DISCOURAGEMENT, DEPRESSION, AND
DESPAIR ON TO GOD’S CHILDREN’S HEARTS AND OUR HANDS
Exodus 10:21 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.
22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:
23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
V. SOMETIMES THOSE THAT CARRY GREAT LIGHT,
CAN FEEL THE GREAT DARKNESS.
A. One missionary said, I WILL GO DOWN IN THE PIT, AS LONG AS I KNOW THERE ARE THOSE THAT ARE HOLDING MY ROPES.
B. One great preacher was so embattled by darkness, that he sat hours in his office mourning.
One day his wife served the preacher a meal, and he looked up and she was dressed in black with a veil over her face.
He enquired Why?
She said, The way you have been acting, I thought your God must be dead?
C. Mark Twain once said,
O kind missionary, O compassionate missionary, leave China! Come home and convert these Christians.
D. IN 1872 A LITTLE LADY NAMED LOTTIE MOON FELT GOD’S
CALL PULL HER TO CHINA.
THERE SHE BECAME A FAMOUS BAPTIST MISSIONARY THAT
SERVED IN LONELY, DARK CHINA 40 YEARS.
It was the Christmas season of 1912 when hope shines so bright, that Lottie fought her worse battle as a missionary.
Lottie had served God and the Baptist church for more than 40 years in China.
She seldom came home. A letter from home took months and months to arrive.
Her support structure often failed her.