“Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness And has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord And rely upon his God.” — Isaiah 50:10
This verse stayed with me when we came upon it in Sunday School several months ago. I wondered, why would the child of God still experience times of darkness when they cannot see light? And yet I do know this at times to be true. And from reading and hearing more, I know I am not the only one.
Coming upon it in devotions again tonight, I see that in the same verse where it notes this condition, the LORD also provided the answer — trust still and all the more in His name; rely on Him!
Trust in His name — His nature, ALL of who He is, ALL of what He has promised. You may not see it now, but we have a God who never changes (Hebrews 13:8), and He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).
So, dear friend. If you find your ship is tossed at sea, and you do not see the shore… If it is night and you don’t know when the dawn will come… Look up! Set your heart on God and reflect on Who He is. Lean on Him, even if your heart feels distant. Ask Him to reach through those barriers which hinder you from seeing Him, ask Him to show you what those barriers are and to remove them.
And ask Him to trust Him even before you see the light.
Because the light will come.
He has conquered death and the grave (1 Corinthians 15:55). We already have already won — We already have victory in Him and through Him!
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. — 1 Corinthians 15:58
With Matthew Henry:
I. Comfort is here spoken to disconsolate saints, and they are encouraged to trust in God’s grace, Isa. 50:10. Here observe,
1. What is always the character of a child of God. He is one that fears the Lord with a filial fear, that stands in awe of his majesty and is afraid of incurring his displeasure. This is a grace that usually appears most in good people when they walk in darkness, when other graces appear not. They then tremble at his word (Isa. 66:2) and are afraid of his judgments, Ps. 119:120. He is one that obeys the voice of God’s servant, is willing to be ruled by the Lord Jesus, as God’s servant in the great work of man’s redemption, one that yields a sincere obedience to the law of Christ and cheerfully comes up to the terms of his covenant. Those that truly fear God will obey the voice of Christ.
2. What is sometimes the case of a child of God. It is supposed that though he has in his heart the fear of God, and faith in Christ, yet for a time he walks in darkness and has no light, is disquieted and has little or no comfort. Who is there that does so? This intimates that it is a case which sometimes happens among the professors of religion, yet not very often; but, whenever it happens, God takes notice of it. It is no new thing for the children and heirs of light sometimes to walk in darkness, and for a time not to have any glimpse or gleam of light. This is not meant so much of the comforts of this life (those that fear God, when they have ever so great an abundance of them, do not walk in them as their light) as of their spiritual comforts, which relate to their souls. They walk in darkness when their evidences for heaven are clouded, their joy in God is interrupted, the testimony of the Spirit is suspended, and the light of God’s countenance is eclipsed. Pensive Christians are apt to be melancholy, and those who fear always are apt to fear too much.
3. What is likely to be an effectual cure in this sad case. He that is thus in the dark,
(1.) Let him trust in the name of the Lord, in the goodness of his nature, and that which he has made known of himself, his wisdom, power, and goodness. The name of the Lord is a strong tower, let his run into that. Let him depend upon it that if he walk before God, which a man may do though he walk in the dark, he shall find God all-sufficient to him. (2.) Let him stay himself upon his God, his in covenant; let him keep hold of his covenant-relation to God, and call God his God, as Christ on the cross, My God, My God. Let him stay himself upon the promises of the covenant, and build his hopes on them. When a child of God is ready to sink he will find enough in God to stay himself upon. Let him trust in Christ, for God’s name is in him (Exod. 23:21), trust in that name of his, The Lord our righteousness, and stay himself upon God as his God, in and through a Mediator.