"I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name." - Isaiah 45:3
"I have never been in this place before. It is new ground for me, and I
find I am way out of my comfort zone. I am scared to death to trust Him
at this level. I had to confess to the Lord I have not been able to
accept or believe His love for me in this area." Those were the words I
expressed to a friend when I was in a difficult place in my life. That
day when I confessed those words, God led me to this passage of
What we perceive as dark periods in our lives are designed to be
treasures from God. They are actually riches stored in secret places. We
cannot see those times in this light because of the often-accompanying
pain or fear that prevents us from accepting these times as treasures.
They have a particular purpose from God's viewpoint: "...so that you may
know that I am the Lord...who summons you by name."
You see, unless we are cast into times in which we are completely at
God's mercy for breakthroughs in our lives, we will never experience
God's faithfulness in those areas. We will never know how personal He
is, or that He can be trusted to meet the deepest needs in our lives.
God wants each of us to know that we are "summoned by name." Every hair
of our head is numbered. He knows every activity we are involved in. His
love for you and me knows no bounds, and He will take every opportunity
to demonstrate this to us.
Has God brought you into a place of darkness? Trust Him today to reveal
that hidden treasure that can be found in this darkness. Let Him summon
you by name.