Weekly Devotions

Listening In Darkness

“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

Let it be understood that the darkness our Lord speaks of is not darkness caused by sin or disobedience, but rather darkness caused from excess of light. There are times in the life of every disciple when things are not clear or easy, when it is not possible to know what to do or say. Such times of darkness come as a discipline to the character and as the means of fuller knowledge of the Lord. Such darkness is a time for listening, not for speaking. This aspect of darkness as a necessary side to fellowship with God is not unusual in the Bible (see Is. 5:30; 50:10; 1 Pet. 1:6,7). The Lord shares the darkness with His disciple: “Wherever I tell you in the dark…” He is there. He knows all about it. The sense of mystery must always be, for mystery means being guided by obedience to someone who knows more than I do. On the Mount of Transfiguration this darkness frim excess of light is brought out. “They were fearful as they entered the cloud,” but in the cloud “they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves.”

Oswald Chambers

Genesis 29:1-30:43
Psalm 8:1-5
Proverbs 3:13-18
Matthew 10:21-42