Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their God. Isaiah 50:10
Discovering God's will is often one of the most challenging things a believer faces. God's revealed will in Scripture is clear: "Do this," "Don't do that." But God's individual will is not always so straightforward. Many believers who desire to follow hard after God struggle with questions such as:
- Is this the person God wants me to marry?
- Is this the college God wants me to attend?
- Is this the calling God has placed on my life?
- Is this the job God wants me to take?
- Is this the place where God wants me to live?
- Is this the home God wants us to buy or rent?
Now granted, some believers make life-altering decisions without ever asking, "Is this God's will?" But for those who are intent on following God with their whole heart, these questions, and many more, are ones for which we seek God's specific direction. And sometimes, as we seek God's will, we feel like the person who "walks in the dark, who has no light."
Today's passage reminds us that God does not intend for the "dark path" to be confusing or permanent. He uses dark stretches to develop and deepen our faith. He calls us to obey Him, even with our questions, and trust Him to open and close the appropriate doors. He calls us to rely on Him for wisdom and discernment, for strength and peace. There will be times when the path seems dark. But these are the times God uses to ask us a question, "Can you trust Me?" Can you?
Father, for all those walking through a stretch of path where there seems to be no light, remind them today that You will never leave or forsake them. Remind us all that dark paths cause us to trust and rely on You. And remind us that when we trust You in the darkness, we see You more clearly in the light. In Jesus' name. Amen.