“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” (Isaiah 45:3)
Life’s challenges can overwhelm us. They come unexpectedly, some lasting for a season and others becoming chronic. We need God’s help to persevere. We need the hope that only He can give.
In the context of this Scripture, God is going before his people, leveling mountains, breaking down gates of bronze, and cutting through bars of iron. He is a mighty reconnaissance mission wanting to help us navigate on paths that are to come.
I remember facing a dark time of despair. Answers seemed elusive. I was crying out as to what could possibly be a “treasure in this darkness.” Before my cry was completed, a quick word arose in my spirit. “You are the treasure in the darkness.”
Now that got my attention. Me, a treasure? I was a mess of pain, emotions and questions. But that word was steady and it is not only a word for me but for all of us.
We are a treasure to God. Nothing takes Him by surprise. Darkness is as light to Him. (Psalm 139:12b) He values and honors our choosing to turn to Him in our times of need.
We are his treasure and He also promises to give treasures in the darkness. Am I open to how He chooses to uncover these gifts stored in secret places?
I believe one treasure is discovered when I can be still and let Him work in his time and in his way. I need his light and his understanding and that takes faith and patience on my part. Perhaps these are the treasures that come first. Then I can be ready for more.
Prayer: Lord, treasures from You need to be polished by the light of your will. Help me to wait with You in the stillness. As You polish me, I await the time of the gifts you have for me. They will come from the treasure chest of your care – the one with my name on it. Amen.
About the Author:
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 27 years of living with daily physical challenges.
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