Isaiah 50:11 (KJV) Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.
When your way suddenly gets dark, don’t light your own fire. Our natural tendency when we don’t see life God’s way is to do it our way. Resist the urge to create your own light. In today’s word (Isaiah 50:11), God is not talking about the fire of judgment; He’s talking about fire that creates light. When we try to find our way out of the darkness by our own devices instead of waiting for God’s light, God will allow it, but often trouble will follow.
Let me illustrate. God called Abraham out of Ur into the Promised Land. In (Genesis 12), a covenant was made in which God promised Abraham that his descendants would be more numerous than the sands of the sea or the stars in the sky. Abraham lived his life in the light of that promise, and then God turned out the light. Please read it for yourself people of God Gen 12through Gen18).
So many years passed that his wife Sarah could no longer bear a child by natural means. God’s guidance had been so clear before, but now it looked like Abraham would have to assist God in its fulfillment. Who could blame Abraham for creating his own light? Sarah supplied the match by offering her handmaiden to Abraham. Out of that union came the Arab nation which has been in conflict with the Jewish nation ever since. Abraham created his own light, God allowed it, and trouble followed.
Our time of waiting may not be as long as Abraham did, but our darkness may last for weeks, months, and possibly for some exceptional people, even years. But God is in control and He knows exactly how big a hole He can pull us through. When your faith is stretched to its limit and you are about to break, He will pull you through to the other side and you will never go back to the shape you were in before. I am living witness of this Truth of the living God, enjoy the day people of God!
Prayer: The dark times are difficult, Lord, but I thank You for how I have grown and matured as I have trusted You through it all, continue show me Your way and where you lead I will follow, in Christ name, Amen.