Abraham had just won a great victory by rescuing Lot and his wife from enemies. But the stress of all that took place had its tole on Abraham and he fell into a deep sleep. It was at that time that a “dreadful darkness came over him” within his soul. It is not unusual that after a monumental event or a mountain top experience in our life, depression sets in. Something sets in that causes the soul to despair. It can be a small thing such as someone making a inappropriate comment or a large thing like the loss of a loved one, or rejection of one sort or another by friends and family, or a financial crises, or even the difficulties that a loved one is experiencing who is very close to you.

We all have experienced that ‘thick darkness’ that can come for good reason or sometimes for no apparent reason at all. Elijah was so down after his great victory that he found himself ‘under a juniper tree’ and asked the Lord to take his life. Hudson Taylor became so discouraged toward the end of his ministry in China he, by his own words, was unable to read the Bible or pray. And here Abraham found himself under a similar dark cloud. Scripture says that it rains on the just and the unjust alike and we know that life is made up of both light and darkness, joy and sorrow, mountain top and valley experiences. Jesus, Himself, went through the ‘dreadful darkness’ of Calvary and then on to glory.

And this is what separates the Christian, the true believer, from the rest of the world. Christians are “saved by hope” (Romans 8;24), have the promise of answered prayer even for “whatsoever ye desire” (Mark 11;24) and daily experience the joy, peace and “abundant life” (John 10;10) here in this life, and in the one to come. May we encourage one another to ‘persevere to the end’, hang on to the promises of God, and put our hope in Christ Jesus.

Come every soul be sin oppressed,
There’s mercy with the Lord,
And he will surely give you rest
By trusting in His word.

Only trust Him,
Only trust Him,
Only trust Him now. (Only Trust Him)

Posted on February 27th, 2014