‘Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love Divine!
- Charles Wesley
“It is the easiest thing in the world to obey God when He commands us to do what we like, and to trust Him when the path is all sunshine,” Theodore H. Cuyler asserts. “The real victory of faith is to trust God in the dark, and through the dark.”
Trusting God in the dark—and through the dark—does not make sense from a purely logical perspective. Darkness provokes distrust, disorientation, and a troubling sense that all is not as it should be.
Think of your life’s journey. After arriving at a place when you felt as if you were walking in the dark, where have you looked to discover which way to go? In what and whom have you trusted?
Thankfully, trust does not depend on our sensory perceptions for validation. Trust is not about positive feelings—it is about childlike faith.
Finding our bearings when we are walking in the dark—when fear or doubts come creeping onto our path, into our heart—comes about as we turn first in prayer to some Scriptures we have learned, and we draw from our memory: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV). We remember Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1, ESV). And the apostle Paul’s blessing to Rome’s earliest Christians: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13, ESV).
Trust . . . hope . . .belief. How willing are we to walk into unfamiliar territory, into a place where God requires us to prayerfully rely upon Him alone? To go where our Shepherd leads, even when we cannot make sense out of our surroundings? To believe Jesus with childlike trust?
We can count on this: God’s love for us surpasses our utmost expectations, our best hopes, our most far-reaching desires for our life—and no matter how today appears, we can find rest in knowing His plans and purposes for us will not fail.
“I am the light of the world,” said Jesus. “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12, ESV). When we do not know the “why” behind what we are going through, we can trust the Lord to light the way ahead—trusting, hoping, believing. Even in the darkness.