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I woke up this morning sad. Sad that all we could get Kaylee for Valentine’s Day was a $1.99 plastic heart with candy and stickers in it. Not that this child needs anything but the fact of having to cut back, way back is really hard. I was also sad that our life seems so strange to me right now. But then I read this devotional by Oswald Chambers and my spirits were lifted as light was brought into my darkness. If you feel like you’re in the dark too then read on and be encouraged!!

“Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light, and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops” (Matthew 10:27)

Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and God puts us into “the shadow of His hand” until we learn to hear from Him (isaiah 49:2). “Whatever I tell you in the dark…”-pay attention when God puts you into darkness, and keep your mouth closed while you are there. Are you in the dark right now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? If so, then remain silent. If you open your mouth in the dark, you will speak while in the wrong mood-darkness is the time to LISTEN. Don’t talk to other people about it; don’t read books to find out the reason for the darkness; just LISTEN and obey. If you talk to other people, you cannot hear what God is saying. When you are in the dark, LISTEN, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else once you are back in the light.

After every time of darkness, we should experience a mixture of delight and humiliation. If there is only delight, I question whether we have really heard God at all. We should experience delight for having heard God speak, but mostly humiliation for having taken so long to hear Him! Then we will exclaim, “How slow I have been to LISTEN and understand what God has been telling me!” And yet God has been saying it for days and even weeks. But once you hear Him, He gives you the gift of humiliation, which brings a softness of heart-a gift that will always cause you to LISTEN to God now.
-My Upmost for His Highest


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