Scripture Reading:1 Kings 18:1
The second thing to do during “the dark night of the soul” is to confront known sins in your life. This wasn’t the problem of silence for Elijah, but for the Israelites chasing after other gods and living in total disobedience to God. Sin may not be the reason you don’t sense closeness to God right now, but if you have a known sin in your life it will affect your intimacy with God.
Go back to what you know – Get back to the basics of the faith that saved you. We have periods when we tend to go away from our close relationship with God. God hasn’t moved, but if you’ve shifted in your obedience, get back securely on the right side.
Trust More… Not less – Times of silence may be filled with fear, but ironically, these times require more faith. Times come in our spiritual life when our enthusiasm isn’t as real as when we began our walk with God. That’s not an indication to quit… it may be that God is using that time for something bigger than you could have imagined… but whatever is next will most likely require a deeper level of trust. The vision to start this devotional (DSD) came after two years of intense trials; what I may have wrongly described as total abandonment by God. All the night vigils, prayers and fasting could not call down God’s sympathy on me. It was hell on earth and long nights of weeping. At times I would ask, Father, why are You silent? Why are You so far from me? In spite of the obvious silence I trusted Him unwaveringly. It was in the third year that rays of light started to pierce through the dark nights of my life. Thanks be to God.
Listen and Watch Closely. Someday God is going to make His plans known to you. Don’t miss them. He may come to you personally, through His Word, circumstances, or another person. You’ll need to be in a position to know that God is moving.
Get ready to receive – God will break the seeming silence someday… and when He does it WILL be good. If you mope around in your sorrows, you’ll be less prepared to receive the good things to come. Not because of your circumstances, but because of your faith, clothe yourself in joy as you wait for God to bless you after the period of silence.
Jer 31:1-7; Ps Jer 31:10.11-12ab.13(R.10d) Accl Lk 7:16; Gosp Mt 15:21-28 WEEKDAY ST DOMINIC, P (MEMORIAL)
- I pray, dear Lord, see me through these hard times. In these troubled times, I am filled with unspeakable fears. I reach out my hand to You now and ask You to walk beside me. I cannot carry all my burdens, but I know You can, and will. Please walk beside me. Please guide me. Please help me hold on strong, through the trials and storms. Help me hold on to my faith, in even the darkest hour. Stay with me Lord, and show me Your way. In Your love and the Holy Spirit, do I abide. Amen.
Exercise: Reflect on Psalm 86.
Meditation: Jeremiah 23:24