Treasures Of Darkness

sky-space-dark-galaxy-largeWhile I was engaging with the Lord today, I had the opportunity to go from wonderful places of light to glorious places of darkness. Yes, I know, it doesn’t sound so wonderful at first, but the end result was quite amazing. The places of light, though very delightful, seemed like the obvious realms of kingdom manifestations, in terms of new discoveries, both spiritually and naturally.

However, when the Spirit led me away from the intensity of light, into the darkest regions of time and space, I saw some amazing things. As the light began to shine in the dark, I could see a world of wisdom and knowledge that was pertinent to future discoveries for the next important stages of science and technology. These treasures in dark places are key to future spiritual breakthroughs in the body of Christ as well.

Darkness is not the absence of light, but the absence of visible light.

However, what has long been invisible will soon become visible to those who are willing to journey into the darkness and find its hidden treasures. Seeing into the darkness is not necessarily a matter of having more light, it’s a matter of being able to properly utilize the light we already have.

Cat Trivia

A cats’ nocturnal vision is far superior to that of humans. Though they cannot see in total darkness, they can see clearly with only one-sixth of the illumination we need to see by. The reflective layer behind the cat’s retina reflects incoming light and bounces it back, making more use of the existing light. Therefore, a cat can see more clearly in the night with far less light.

The loaves and fishes are a good example of the ability that God has given to his people to take the little and turn it into much. In respect to light, what we have in Christ is sufficient to see into the darkest regions of life and spirit.

Advancing Through Darkness

For most, darkness would appear to be the most unlikely place of advancement. It’s quite evident that most gravitate toward the light in order to find keys to the future. I would venture to say that most of the scientific world lean toward what they can see rather than what they can’t see. Even while exploring the regions of outer space, the majority gravitate toward the light in space (sun, moon, stars, etc.) rather than the darkness itself. However, we must keep in mind, if it were not for the backdrop of darkness, the brilliance of the sun, moon and stars, would not be brilliant at all.

While I realize we have yet to scratch the surface of the endless galaxies in outer space, the hidden secrets for future advancement, especially in science and technology, will not be found in visible light, but in the darkness.

Yes, I know, to some, this sounds absurd.

Nonetheless, once again, my stance is firm. One of the leading signatures of discovery now, and the years to come, will not come from what is visible, but what is invisible. The vein of visibility has run out. Much like a vein of gold that has run its course, so the visible veins in the natural and the spirit have run their course. Yes, you can still find something there, but it is only a trickle of water compared to the abundant flow that is still invisible to the naked eye.

For the most part, we live in a society that is primarily governed by what is seen. I’m not implying that the visible fruit of our labor is not a vital and expectant reality. However, I am implying that the visible fruit of our labor was never meant to be our guiding light for success or spiritual advancement. Faith, obedience, wisdom and understanding, according to the leading of the Spirit, should always be the guiding force in our lives. Anything other than, will eventually lead to less not more.

This word “darkness,” Hebrew word, “choshek” has various meanings, many of which are very dark (no pun intended) such as misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, etc, most of which refer to the “dark side” of spirituality.

However, on the other side of this Hebrew word, “choshek” is the words night or obscurity. Both of which, come from the Hebrew word, “chashak” which means, ‘withholding light.’ Imagine if you will, darkness withholding valuable light.

As I mentioned before, there is light in darkness, but it’s invisible. It is presently obscured, concealed in the night. There are some very dark souls upon the earth, who like Saul of Tarsus, who are about to be struck by the light of His glory. This treasure concealed in the night of the soul will burst forth with amazing brilliance, over and over again.

The bible states that when God separated the light from the darkness, “it was good.” It literally means that when God saw this separation of light and dark it was very beautiful. Once separated from their chaotic state, they revealed a unique order and harmony within the kingdom of God. Therefore, both light and darkness are beautiful. (Genesis 1:4)

Once again, a powerful separation of light and dark is upon the earth. The line between light and dark has been blurred, thus the resemblance of chaos. Yet, as an increasing glory rises in the earth, the separation of the two will become most evident. His increasing beauty will forever be upon us.

Treasures In Darkness

Many of you reading this know what it is like to have to walk through the darkness of life. At first, these dark circumstances can be very overwhelming. However, for those who lean on the Lord and not on their own understanding, are able to find a light in the darkest of nights.

David writes,

“Even though I walk through the valley (valley of darkness) of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have (you anoint me) anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely (only)goodness and loving-kindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell (I will return to) in the house of the Lord forever. (Continual length of time)Psalms 23:4-6

The words in parentheses above are a more accurate definition of the Hebrew text.

David knew what it was like to walk through the ‘valley of darkness,’ which was nothing less than the shadow of death. However, in that state of darkness, David discovered a hidden treasure, one that he would have never known without walking through it. He realized that even in darkness there is light.

David discovered that he could walk through darkness without fear. He also discovered that the Lord was no less with him in darkness as he was in the light. In this same darkened state, David found another treasure, ‘the comfort of the rod and staff of the Lord.’ Both of which, afforded him fellowship, direction and power.

Even more amazing David discovered the ‘table of the Lord where he could set and feast on the goodness of God,’ all the while still in darkness, in the presence of his enemy. He also discovered an ‘anointing’ that could only be obtained in the valley of darkness.

The head is a symbol of government. This fresh anointing on David’s head brought him into another level of kingdom government, one that could only be found in darkness.

David also experienced what it was like to drink from the cup of abundance, which afforded him an endless supply of the goodness and loving kindness of God. At the end of this dark journey, David declares, ‘I will return to the house of the Lord forever.’

I trust you can see how powerful this is. Whether in darkness, or the light, for David, they were one in the same. In other words, God was just as much in the dark as He was in the light. Come on God!

Thus, David writes these words,

“Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.” (Psalm 139:12)

Come on God! What does that say about the current state of this nation, or any other nation? No matter how dark you might think it is, the Lord says, “darkness and light are alike to me.” In other words, in the end, one way or another, both will serve the order of heaven on earth.”

Therefore, let this prophet speak these words over you today:

“Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous!” (Psalm 112:4)

Know this; any measure of light you have right now, is destined to shine in the darkness, greater than any other time in your life.

Come on God!

You are gloriously amazing!

Michael

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