8th Feb, 2023
Are you having a nighttime experience?
"Bless the Lord, all you...who by night, stand in the house of the Lord!" Ps 134:1 NKJV
God divided time into days and nights; so, you will have daytime experiences and nighttime experiences. For example, you can have a nighttime experience in a divorce court, or in bankruptcy proceedings, or in an unemployment line, or at a graveside. And because you can't see clearly at night, it's easy to wonder if God is really there with you.
Take heart--He is! With Pharaoh's armies behind them and the Red Sea in front of them, the Israelites faced their greatest challenge. But the Bible says, "All that night the Lord drove the sea back" (Ex 14:21 NIV). Be encouraged; God is at work even when you can't see Him.
Hymnist George Matheson wrote: "Will I remain in God's house at night...love Him for who He is...desire not the gift but the giver? When I can remain...during the darkness of night and worship...I've accepted Him for Himself alone." Don't just turn to God when you need a miracle; instead, focus on your relationship with Him and you will get a miracle when you need one. Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you" (Jn 15:7 NKJV). After losing everything near and dear to him, Job's friend Elihu said to him, "Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night, who teaches us...and makes us wiser?" (Job 35:10-11 NKJV). Jesus said, "What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight" (Mt 10:27 NIV).
Be encouraged; it's in your nighttime experiences that the Lord stabilizes, supports, and strengthens you to go on to victory.
God is at work even when you can't see Him.