Even when we can’t see, God works during the darkness of our lives to make a way for us to pass through the challenges. Challenges which mount before us and hem us in.
God works during the darkness of pandemics and death. He works during the darkness of job loss, uncertainty, unrest, and chaos. God does not sleep. He has no need. He is an ever-present help in times of trouble.
One familiar example from the Bible, which shows God works during the darkness, is recorded in Exodus 14. The Israelites fled Egypt on foot. The Egyptian army pursued in iron chariots. The People of God came to the Red Sea and stopped. Sea before them. Chariots behind them.
We remember the sea parted. The Israelites crossed on a dry seabed, as walls of water heaped on either side. We also remember their Egyptian pursuers perished when the God who worked during the darkness of night to part the waters, released the sea upon the Egyptian army.
The waters didn’t part as soon as the Israelites reached the sea. The waters parted after the Lord worked during the darkness of night, sent a strong east wind, and drove back the sea.
Right now many of us are facing hard challenges. A seemingly impassable sea stands before us. An army of chariots pursues from behind. But God is working in the darkness.
The Israelites didn’t see evidence of God’s work until the next day. We may not see a way out of the darkness surrounding us until the next day. One thing, however, remains true. We can trust God works during the darkness of night nonetheless.
“All that night” the Lord was working,
Working in the tempest blast,
Working with the swelling current,
Flooding, flowing, free and fast.
“All that night” God’s children waited-
Hearts, perhaps in agony-
With the enemy behind them,
And, in front, the cruel sea.
“All that night” seemed blacker darkness
Than they ever saw before,
Though the light of God’s own presence
Near them was, and sheltered 0’er.
“All that night” that weary vigil
Passed; the day at last did break,
And they saw that God was working
“All that night” a path to make.
“All that night,” O child of sorrow,
Can you not your heartbreak stay?
Know your God in darkest midnight
Works, as well as in the day.
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Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. Exodus 14:21-23 (NIV)
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