It had been a hard week for some of my friends. They shared of painful or difficult circumstances, asking for prayer that God would move. I found myself wishing I could buy two cups of coffee – one for me, one for them – and somehow show up on each doorstep to visit for a few minutes. But these were online friends and miles separated us.
But His Word spanned the distance as I read the words in front of me, “If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God.” (Isaiah 50:10, NLT)
When we are walking through dark times, may we trust and rely:
- TRUST in the Lord.
- RELY on your God.
Trust. Personally, I think we throw the word around casually. God is calling us “to attach ourselves” to Him with a firmness that is unshakable (from the Old Testament Lexical Aids, The Key Word Bible). Need help with this? Picture your toddler, hanging onto your leg while you try to wash dishes. Remember the fierce grip? Yeah that … hold onto, attach yourself to God in just that way.
Rely. “It denotes an attitude of supporting oneself upon something” (Old Testament Lexical Aids, The Key Word Bible). Again, may I offer an image … It is similar to an older person needing the assistance of a cane or walker.
So now we have these images of trusting and relying before us, but what are we NOT to do in those hard times of darkness?
“But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires.” (verse 11)
We are not to make our own solutions. Don’t, in a sense, strike your own fire. Don’t remedy the situation as you think best. Wait on God. Hang onto Him, letting Him lead and direct your paths. Ask Him for wisdom and understanding. Lean on Him with all your might, for waiting takes strength and courage.
Trust and rely.
He’s calling us to live just like this.