Wednesday, August 4

In Darkness

I've never read My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers...not that I have anything against him or the book however reading a daily devotional just requires more discipline than I exert. Anyhow, I have been listening to Jan Karon's Mitford series on CD, in my car, over the last three months or so and heard the below devotional in section I listened to was so perfect for where I am that I thought I'd share it:

February 14: Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops —Matthew 10:27

Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and God puts us into “the shadow of His hand” until we learn to hear Him (Isaiah 49:2 ). “Whatever I tell you in the dark. . .”— pay attention when God puts you into darkness, and keep your mouth closed while you are there. Are you in the dark right now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? If so, then remain quiet. If you open your mouth in the dark, you will speak while in the wrong mood— darkness is the time to listen. Don’t talk to other people about it; don’t read books to find out the reason for the darkness; just listen and obey. If you talk to other people, you cannot hear what God is saying. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else once you are back in the light.

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