Friday, December 5, 2014

The Thick Darkness

Here it is a week after Thanksgiving Day. 
Are we still giving thanks to the One above who has so bountifully blessed us?
or are we back to the humdrum of life, beaten down by the daily
problems and routines?

After a season of blessing or thanksgiving we often hit a down spot
where we get discouraged and the devil comes
with all kinds of thoughts and happenings to make us
forget that our hope is in Him who loved us
enough to come to earth from
His heavenly home to not only live
to show us the way, but to die as the
only sacrifice that is sufficient
to completely forgive us of our sins.

There are several verses in the Old Testament
that have been important to me.

Exodus 20:21   
And the people stood afar off, and
Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

Deuteronomy 5:22   
These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount
out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud,
and of the thick darkness, with a great voice

1 Kings 8:12 and 2 Chronicles 6:1   
Then spake Solomon,
The LORD said that he would dwell
in the thick darkness.

What a blessed hope we have in knowing that wherever we are God knows
and is there too. 
He dwells in the thick darkness where it seems
that we are all alone. 
He is even waiting for us to recognize that He is there.

I love the lyrics to songs for so often they encourage
and help me as they run through my mind. 
One of these songs is “Standing Somewhere in the Shadows”.


Standing Somewhere in the Shadows

1. Are your crosses too heavy to carry;
And burdens too heavy to bear?
Are there heartaches and tears and anguish;
And there's no one who seems to care?

Chorus
Standing somewhere in the shadows you'll find Jesus,
He's the Friend who always cares and understands.
Standing somewhere in the shadows you will find Him
And you'll know Him by the nail prints in His hands.

2. Are there shadows of deep disappointment,
And trusts that have proven untrue?
Has the darkness of night settled round you
Has your hope and your faith wavered too?

Chorus
Standing somewhere in the shadows you'll find Jesus,
He's the Friend who always cares and understands.
Standing somewhere in the shadows you will find Him
And you'll know Him by the nail prints in His hands.

3. Has the storm over shadowed your sunshine,
And life lost attraction for you?
Have the dreams that you cherished been broken,
Is you soul filled with bitterness too?

Chorus
Standing somewhere in the shadows you'll find Jesus,
He's the Friend who always cares and understands.
Standing somewhere in the shadows you will find Him
And you'll know Him by the nail prints in His hands.

Words and Music by E.J. Rollings



So if you are facing dark days or going through them now,
remember that God dwells in the thick darkness and
Jesus is waiting there to strengthen and
bless you if you ask Him to.







9 comments:

  1. Mehrll, what a beautiful, encouraging post! My heart needed this and I have been refreshed. Thank you so very much for sharing.
    God uses those who are willing to be used, and He used you on this post you have so graciously written for others.
    The Lord bless you, sweet Mehrll.
    Joy in Jesus!
    Debbie

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    1. God bless you for your sweet comment.

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  2. Beautiful and prayer provoking post, I will hide this in my heart and remember in time of 'thick darkness' The Lord is there! Thank you for this word!
    Hugs,
    Ginny

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment and I hope that on some dark day it will be a blessing to you. Hugs.

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  3. A faithful and encouraging post. Thank you! x :O)

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  4. Oh sis how absolutely wonderful this post is!! have never had this thought of yhe Lord dwelling in thick darkness although one of my favorite verses is "When I sit in darkness the LORD shall be Light unto me."
    Every blessing on you dear sis and all who read these precious words.
    Love you Shaz in Oz. X

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    1. Bless you for you constant encouragement to me and to all the lives you touch. Love you and hugs.

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  5. "God dwells in the thick darkness and Jesus is waiting there to strengthen and bless you." Amen, sweet friend! What a precious post - post that richly blessed my heart!

    I am so thankful to have a Heavenly Father that is there for me ALL the time....He will never leave me nor forsake me - what a promise!

    Thank you for writing this post. Hugs and blessing to you!

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