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Summary: This darkness allowed by God, does not damage you, it helps you to grow in faith and knowledge of Christ!

I don’t have to know the way……

Isaiah 50:10”Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.”

I would like to split the above scripture into four points and explain it to you, I shared this message today in our church service (June 29, 2014).

Fear out of love: In the above text, the fear of the Lord is not fear of punishment but fear out of colossal love for God! This kind of fear out of love for God, gives strength to the children of God to go through extreme sufferings and pain without murmuring. Imagine coming to a new city with bag and baggage, carting the entire family along, to start work for the Lord only to find yourself not having funds even to pay the electricity bill!! Talk of darkness and this was an eerie, pitch dark period in our ministry! Now, now don’t come to quick conclusions yet; this darkness does not damage you, it helps you to grow in faith and knowledge of Christ!

Obey His voice: We have a beautiful illustration of how Job obeyed God and followed His Word even during the most devastating time of his life, he said: Job 23:11” My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.” Amen.

My husband and I searched our hearts thoroughly and we were on our knees pleading God for mercy. When the above storm was blowing over us, we concealed the entire thing to our children and immediate family members. Just about this time, my husband received his credit card along with the ATM password. We had a couple of lakhs as our ‘credit limit’, but praise God, we never even looked at it as a source of solving our present financial crisis. What God started, we wanted Him to finish it. We did not even pledge our jewels at this point. We wanted to learn the lessons that God intended to teach us during the interim period. Paying our dues from our own sources would be belittling God’s glory. We dug our heels deeper, ground our teeth firm and stood rooted waiting for God’s deliverance! On the last due date of payment of our current bill, God helped us pay the bill. Amen.

When it is dark, rely on God: As a kid I remember visiting my grandparents during my holidays, who lived in Kodaikanal, a lovely town situated on a hill, where my mother was born and brought up. The town is simply fascinating with mountains all around, thick foliage of trees and the aroma of the Eucalyptus trees captivates a person. One has to travel a long distance in order to reach the town to purchase necessary commodities for the household, I remember tagging along with my grandpa to the town. At times, thick fog would cloud the way and we would not be able to see the path clearly, it’s quite an eerie journey with steep curves and bends. But my grandpa would walk swiftly and confidently because he was used to the path and he knew the way. As a kid I would hold his hand and walk along with him without fear. I don’t have to know the way or see the path, because grandpa knows it and all I have to do is to stay close and walk along with him. Now after several years, sometimes life gets eerie too, there are times that I don’t know where to turn and my vision is blurred. I am glad that I have the strong

Hand of Jesus like my dear grandpa and I can just stay close with Him and tag along wherever He takes me. I don’t have to know the way, it is enough that He knows the way! He is the way!

Job 23:10” But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

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