Faith In The darkness, the beginning. As God was working on my heart to begin a blog, I of course had no idea where to begin. How should a blog be setup? Where would one go to setup a blog? Over the last several months, I have logged many hours of research into how to begin a blog. So, after much research on the how to, the next step was to put a name to the blog. Hmm, what should I name the blog? A couple of names came to mind like, Mike’s personal blog. Or maybe Mike’s big adventure’s. Neither of those two names were going to cut it! Why, because this blog isn’t all about me! It’s about listening to what God is saying. The thoughts rushed through my mind like a title-wave! Still nothing! Ah-ha, in an instant, the light bulb came on! I can’t name this blog myself! What in the world was I thinking?
Control needed to be given to almighty God through the power of prayer. It was God that wanted me to begin this blog. After all, I wanted nothing to do with this whole blog thing. But, who wants to argue with God? Even though sometimes we resist listening to, or hearing God when He speaks to our heart. It’s like for those who are married, when your spouse is trying to get your attention, but you can’t quite hear them. Or at least you pretend you can’t. Yeah right! Sure you can’t hear them calling you! It’s like Honey, honey, hey honey. Then finally it’s HONEY! Oh, sorry, I didn’t hear you! Maybe you’ve had one of those moments. We heard the sound of their voice, but just weren’t quite ready to listen, because we were in our own little world.
Sometimes it’s that way when God is calling us to action. It’s kind of like the old commercial about E.F. Hutton. I think is was, when E.F. Hutton speaks, everyone listens. Isn’t that the way it should be when God speaks life into our hearts? Or do we react as in Luke 6:46,… 46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
God was calling me to action! He was calling me to shine a little bit of light, into an otherwise dark world. If you watch the news, you might think that there are no good things happening in the world. Really there are, they’re just not covered. Or are rarely spoken of. Why, because good news isn’t good for business. At least that’s my take on it. But, I digress! Back to God, and how this blog got it’s name. It is precisely because there is so much darkness in the world, that it is sometimes difficult to see God through all the muck.
God is always with us. Even when it is difficult to see Him. He is there with us, walking right beside us, helping us through all of that muck, called life. James 1:12,… 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. My hope is that with the help of God’s guidance, I can shine just a tiny bit of hope, into this seemingly dark world. That is where Faith In the Darkness came from. It is my sincere hope, that readers of this blog can be assured that there is hope. Who is that hope? Jesus is that hope! You just need to get to know him. God sent His Son Jesus into this world, so that through Him, that we may be saved by grace.
Yes, sometimes it is a struggle, to put our faith into action. We may feel frightened by what God is calling us to do. Or, who He is calling us to be. Fear can set in and take over our lives, if we allow it to. How do we overcome that fear? Where do we go for comfort? One of many comforting verses in the bible is Isaiah 41:10,… 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand. This is one verse I have turned to in times of struggle. My friends, you will struggle in this life. We will have trials, tribulations, sadness, and many other valleys that we must walk through. But, Jesus is right there with us through it all. I’ll leave you with the verse below from Deuteronomy.
Deuteronomy 31:6… 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified of them, for the lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”