I’m writing a song at the moment based on the “truth of God being in the darkness”. You might be thinking; well God is light and there is no darkness where God is. I don’t want you to misunderstand me. When I say “in the darkness”, I mean the darkness that I (or we) experience day to day. The different situations we are involved in or we engage in. I believe that I walk in the light and that I bring light into situations in my life, yet sometimes I feel confined.
During the week I was leading worship at a group I attend called Re-connect. It’s a group of about 25 people that gather to worship together and seek out God in community. The atmosphere of the group is very freeing and prophetic. We call on God to show himself to us and to reveal his glory and we ask him to speak through us. As I was leading I really felt that God was wanting to empower the people in the room and to speak to them, in a sense lift the cap of peoples hearts and draw them deeper into his presence. Yet it felt like something was stopping the movement of the spirit.
Someone then spoke out, they felt that people were letting themselves be held back and not engaging with God, the person went on the say “don’t to let darkness keep a hold of you or prevent you from moving in Gods presence”. As they said this my heart started to pound, like it was coming out of my chest. When things like that happen, I believe its God’s way of telling me that this is where he wants to speak into. I love to listen to God and let him direct me, He knows a lot more about whats happening in the room than I do. So I start singing against darkness, Singing “In the darkness You are there”, over and over and then proclaiming that; He is greater than the darkness. ( 1 John 4:4 was floating around in my head)
The worship came to an end and we prayed and spoke out truth to each other but it left me thinking, why do we experience darkness? If we are of the light then why do we get pulled into dark places? And how do they stop us from moving with God? or why do we let them stop us from engaging with God?
I believe sometimes in life things happen that are natural, that’s why its called “life” but some things happen or don’t happen because we are in a war. We are called to bring light into the dark places, we are after all called; ambassadors of Christ. I believe we experience darkness simply because the darkness wants to control us, makes us bend to its will. I’d urge you to read up on “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego”, you can find their story in Daniel chapter 3. Its the perfect illustration of going against the darkness and the things that aren’t of God. In the society we live in these days, we are constantly asked to bow down to things that we shouldn’t be apart of, resulting in a very crazy ending if we don’t participate. This can involve isolation, bullying or loss of lively hood. Yet God is with us. When people rise up against you, God is with you. When darkness surrounds you, God is with you. There is always another way, no matter how cornered you feel.
He delivered the three lads in Daniel 3 yet he called Stephen the apostle home after the crowd stoned him to death. Either way the truth is God is with us and in the darkness, he lights our paths and frees us from the bonds that hold us down. Have a read of the verse at the end and listen to the song “Give me Jesus,” it’s the all daughters and son’s version. The verse is so powerful and if you can grasp it full meaning then it will change your life. God is in us! So when we are in the dark places of this world remember God is the light that will guide you through. Don’t become part of the darkness simply let God light up the place through you. Fix your eyes on Jesus, just like Stephen.
1 John 4:4
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
Give me Jesus