Faith in the Dark


To Trust God in the light is nothing,
but trust him in the dark -that is faith. C.H. Spurgeon

Have you ever traveled the open sea at night, perhaps on a cruise ship or even a sailboat? It can be pretty relaxing and even romantic when the wind is calm and a clear sky unveils a full glowing moon along with glittering diamond-like stars. But it can also be a rather scary and dangerous experience when stormy weather ruffles the waters and blocks every possible nocturnal light. It’s quite comforting to ride on smooth and well-lit seas trusting that the Captain or helmsman is in full control. However, when navigating through dark and rough waters even the bravest passenger’s heart will skip a beat causing him or her to pray that those driving the ship know exactly what they are doing.

It’s easy to exercise faith during difficult times when there is someone around who can provide encouragement and support. But what happens when peace-robbing trials obstruct every possible ray of hope and there is no human contact to rely on? Faith is much more than trusting audible and tangible sources of comfort. True faith is made evident when we experience a challenging situation all by ourselves and are left to fully trust in no one else but God. In moments like these, God’s word serves as a lighthouse to guide us safely to tranquil shores, for it is the light that never fades, even in the darkest hour. When all lights go out, open the Bible and let God’s word guide you through the dark waters and into His glorious presence where there is renewed peace, hope, and strength.

Prayer: Ever Present God, thank you for the people you have placed in my life to encourage me during difficult times. But if I must face trials all by myself remind me that in your word I can find the peace, the guidance, and the strength I need to carry on. May I treasure your word in my heart and meditate on it every day. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”  -Proverbs 12:25
 “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today”…” -Hebrews 3:13
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” -Psalm 73:25
 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” -Psalm 119:105
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4
 *All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible NIV

One thought on “Faith in the Dark

  1. Beautifully written, like all your other devotionals. Although I know God is always with me in all kinds of ‘dark’ waters and trials. I am so glad I have you by my side in the boat of life. Love your wife, Mari


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