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We have a blueprint, we’ve prayed hard, studied it and feel confident God will bless the socks off of this one. But, the CEO of the Faith Organization rejects our projected path.

It’s easy to give in to the disappointment or darkness and not see our way out of this. We take control of our plan, but God is not impressed with our pointless attempts and non-faith efforts. We go to bed angry and uncertain.

Isaiah 50:11 clarifies God’s perspective on this. It’s scary enough to fail at what we believe to be right, but to lie down in torment? We don’t have to experience life like this.

We can sidestep this by doing life God’s way. Check out Hebrews 11:6. God always responds to our trust (faith) in Him. In fact, He only responds to this.

WHAT THIS MEANS: Our faith is like the dawn that reveals the beauty and adventure God wants us to experience. We can live with confidence even when we don’t understand.

If we are growing as a follower of Jesus, we all experience times when God seems to have left town on a cruise. We’re not sure how to trust him as our dark night goes on and on. Maybe God is hiding or a more damaging thought creeps in telling us maybe he was never there in the first place. The truth is we will neither understand how God works throughout the world nor in our life developing our trust in.him.

Hebrews 13:8 is a huge statement because we learn that God cannot change who he is…ever. He is not hiding but trying to teach us something in the darkness that we can’t learn in the light. Trust is only wasted when the object being trusted in is unreliable. We must learn that trust in God is essential for developing a relationship that is not based on what we can see but on when we can’t see our hand in front of us.

Have you come to a place where you can agree with Jeremiah as he loudly says in Jeremiah 32:17 “…you created earth and sky by your great power-by merely stretching out your arm! There is nothing you can’t do?” Something in our relationship with God deepens when we think he is hiding in the dark but learn by trusting him that he never changes and is present in that darkness.

Paul echoes this in 2 Corinthians 1:8 & 9 and 9:8. Listen to how trust was developed in Paul-“The West Turkey trip was a total nightmare! Everything hit the fan…we were comparing notes on our funeral services…you know he”s the only one who can get you going again.” ( Word on the Street) In 9:8 Paul adds that God is with us to enable us to be ready for anything (especially in darkness).

So, the adventure takes us into the most unlikely places and situations where darkness tries to choke out our confidence in God but is a mere whisper compared to the volume of God’s voice in reassuring us that this is where we learn.

Are you unsure about God’s faithfulness because nothing is making sense with…? Allow God to change that darkness into something you never thought possible.