Dark Night with God

Read Genesis 32: 22-30 The story of Jacob's wrestle with an angel; Jacob won the battle but the angel put his hip out of joint and changed his name to Israel.

And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness, secret riches; and you will know that I am doing this - I, the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by your name. Isaiah 45: 3 (TLB)

Valerie Bryant Bennett lives in Tennessee. On a Saturday morning several years ago, her best friend died in an accident. She spent much of the day with his family, but it wasn't until that night in bed, alone in the dark, that she was truly struck by the impact of losing him. She cried out to God through her tears but felt no response. She wondered if God had turned a deaf ear. Finally, she remembered how Jacob told the angel, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me" (Gen.32:26). So Valerie prayed, "God, I know you are there, and I will hold on until you answer me." At that moment she was suddenly flooded with an overwhelming sense of God's presence and peace. She will always remember the power and intimacy of that dark night with God.

If we talk to people of faith who have experienced some of life's darkest places, we discover a strange truth: it is in those places that they more clearly saw some of God's most precious treasures. They may tell you that in times of relentless pain or sickness they discovered the love and comfort of God in ways they can't explain.

Some of God's most valuable gifts are revealed in the darkness. Because God is always with us, even the most painful experiences can contain life-changing treasure.

Prayer: Dear God, make your presence powerfully known to us when we are despairing. Bring us to new life through Christ, for we pray in His name. Amen.

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