There are times when we think we’re walking by faith, but we’re not. Whenever we have a few back-up plans or when we think we have to feel it to believe it, we’re not completing trusting God. Emotions can darken our judgment to make wise decisions. Trusting God requires us to step out on what we can’t see or feel. We are better off walking with God in the dark, than walking in the light without Him. What should we do when life overshadows the right path?
Turn on the flashlight: Faith.
Having faith in God is trusting Him when we don’t know which way to turn. Instead of taking chances with our limited knowledge about a situation, we should put our faith in the One Who has absolute understanding. When we put our focus on God, He will direct our path in the dark places. (Proverbs 3:5-6; Matthew 6:33)
You don’t need to know all the details; just follow the Light and you won’t be in the dark!
Those who have learned to trust God in the dark don’t experience the stress, turmoil, and anxiety like those who have not. I have not arrived to where I’m totally comfortable wandering around in the dark, but I have made tremendous progress. I have learned when life goes dark to go somewhere quiet and seek God first; and stay there until He directs me. Let me share some other things I’ve learned in the past few years about trusting God in dark places:
- Learning to trust God is a process that is developed through consistency.
- Building a strong intimate relationship with God is key. You have to have a relationship with God in order to trust Him in the dark times of life. You build this relationship by daily spending one-on-one time with Him and by studying His Word. As you depend on God—trust builds. When trust builds—faith comes.
- Be conscious of the fact that the power of the Holy Spirit is inside you. Since He knows His way around in the dark, He is the One you should follow.
- Learn the joy of casually chatting with God throughout the day. He is interested in everything that concerns you. Don’t take on the mindset of why tell Him what He already knows. Talking and sharing with Him during “normal” times makes Him more approachable when you need His help in troubled times.
- Personalize and memorize certain Scriptures that you can lean on throughout the day.
When you form basic foundational habits like the ones mentioned above, God becomes real in your life. As this relationship builds, you will notice that you are no longer fumbling around in the dark trying to pray to an unfamiliar God. Your familiarity will automatically put you in the Light.
The darkest dark isn’t dark enough for the Light of God not to shine right through.
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith