October 2nd, 2017
It is better to wake up in dark circumstances with God’s presence than to wake up alone in presumed light without God’s assurance.  Even in times of trial and darkness, when with God, the lessons and understanding are deeper in the dark than in the pretentious light.

Often in the dark we try to find our own way to the light by relying on the wrong guidance. We are more inclined to follow the easy route to deliverance, for we believe it is better to rush to the light, than to “be still” in the darkness. This only impairs the refining process and offers premature relief; as opposed to the lasting repairs that are performed in the scope of His perfect timing.

Trust and know that the absence of trials and darkness does not necessarily indicate blessing; in fact, sometimes it is in the captivity of darkness that we are able to see God’s blessings more clearly. It is surrendering to God’s will in our circumstances that opens our hearts and minds as He opens His arms, “and brings us back from our captivity” (Jeremiah 29:14), in His way and in His light. Although the light may be darkened by the clouds, the storm is for our benefit and it is the “Lord our God who will enlighten the darkness.” (Psalm 18:28)

When we trust Him in the darkness, even when we cannot see deliverance, God’s promise says, “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known.  I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight.  These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)

You may not be able to see the way out of your current circumstance, but when in His presence you are safest and in His assurance you will find your deliverance. And when you know the Light, know that there are always lessons in the darkness. 
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"I'd rather stand alone with Jesus than sit in a crowd without Him."
- Matthew Maher