Treasures in Darkness
Releasing ownership of my life to the Lord has been one of the hardest task for me to do. I really was afraid He would wreck it. Imagine that, thinking your Father, who loves you more than words can express, would do something to cause you long term harm. Yes, we experience short term pain when life happens and things go awry, but looking back we can see that those difficulties mold us into the person the Lord wants us to become.
The past few weeks have been difficult at times and down right frustrating at others. The attack of the enemy against are team has gotten laughable. Yesterday the generator problem returned on unit 2. You can imagine how I felt, I’m home getting ready to leave for North Carolina and they are in Alabama. There was nothing I could do. Besides, I had just found my refrigerator was not cooling properly, so I had my own issues to deal with.
Jack went to work finding a generator to rent and I started troubleshooting. Long story short, with help from our friends at Plattinum Products, one of the vendors we’ve gotten to know over the last few years, Jack was able to find the trouble code for the generator and adjust it so it now runs correctly. This is what I love about our racing community, without hesitation, we help each other when we can. My problem looks like a bad thermistor, the item that controls the temperature in the refrigerator. It will be here tomorrow.
1 Cor 10:13 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
The Lord will never give you more than you can handle…sometimes I wish He didn’t trust me so much.
Treasures in Darkness
by Os Hillman
“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” – Isaiah 45:3
“I have never been in this place before. It is new ground for me, and I find I am way out of my comfort zone. I am scared to death to trust Him at this level. I had to confess to the Lord I have not been able to accept or believe His love for me in this area.” Those were the words I expressed to a friend when I was in a difficult place in my life. That day when I confessed those words, God led me to this passage of Scripture.
What we perceive as dark periods in our lives are designed to be treasures from God. They are actually riches stored in secret places. We cannot see those times in this light because of the often-accompanying pain or fear that prevents us from accepting these times as treasures. They have a particular purpose from God’s viewpoint: “…so that you may know that I am the Lord…who summons you by name.”
You see, unless we are cast into times in which we are completely at God’s mercy for breakthroughs in our lives, we will never experience God’s faithfulness in those areas. We will never know how personal He is, or that He can be trusted to meet the deepest needs in our lives. God wants each of us to know that we are “summoned by name.” Every hair of our head is numbered. He knows every activity we are involved in. His love for you and me knows no bounds, and He will take every opportunity to demonstrate this to us.
Has God brought you into a place of darkness? Trust Him today to reveal that hidden treasure that can be found in this darkness. Let Him summon you by name.