Why does God lead us on paths of darkness and not light? Why does He allow all the destruction, the terror, and injustice that comes into our lives and those around us?
I am [Jeremiah] the man who has seen affliction under the rod of His wrath. He has led me and brought me into darkness and not light.Lamentations 3:1-2 AMP
We question our suffering. Sometimes it is something we’ve brought on ourselves, sometimes it is things out of our control. But in all of it we can be sure that God has not abandoned us in the darkness. We may not see His goodness, but He still has a hold on us, leading us through the darkness around us. Whatever dark path we are on, God is with us.
The darkest times in my life have also been what has allowed me to reach out into other’s darkness and shine His light for them. Even as I walked those dark paths, God was still there. He brought me healing from those times then He brought healing to others through me.
When we walk along the path of affliction, terror, darkness, and injustice, God is there with us, leading us by the hand toward the end. He holds us with a hand of safety, our refuge even in the struggle around us.
For the Lord will not reject us forever. Even if He causes suffering, He will show compassion according to the abundance of His faithful love. For He does not enjoy bringing affliction or suffering on mankind.Lamentations 3:31-32 CSB
God does not wish for destruction or injustice for His creation, but how would we be refined in this sinful world? How would we learn to truly rely on God if everything was bright and easy? How would we learn to seek His face in greater trials and tribulations that are sure to come because of the foreign land we live in?
Terror, injustice, darkness; these things are part of the fallen world we currently live in and we’d better learn how to rely on God, to seek Him, in the little terrors and darkness so that we know how to do it in the greater ones that will come.
Satan is our enemy and we currently reside within his reach. Do you think he will leave you alone? Do you think he won’t do everything in his power to convince you to renounce your trust and belief in Christ or, short of being able to do that, will not do what he can to get rid of you?
Satan will come for us as much as he can for as long as he can and we had better be deeply rooted in God so that the terrors and darkness that come against us won’t sway us. When all comes against us, we have to know how to turn to God, to put our faith in Him, even when it seems He has lead us here.
The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.Lamentations 3:24
Though our bodies suffer, though this life comes with hardships and paths of darkness, the Life of God’s Spirit within us does not falter. No matter what is set against us on this earth, in this life, we still have God.
Therefore, in the dark and in the terror, we will focus on Him. When it seems like you cannot see Him or hear Him, then rely on His written Word. Read it knowing that it is His very breath, alive and well for eternity. His Word, like God, Himself, will not fail.