June 4

“The Lord caused the sea to go back all that night.” Exodus 14:21

In this verse there is a comforting message showing how God works in the dark. The real work of God for the children of Israel, was not when they awakened and found that they could get over the Red Sea; but it was “all that night.”

So there may be a great working in your life when it all seems dark and you cannot see or trace, but yet God is working. Just as truly did He work “all that night,” as all the next day. The next day simply manifested what God had done during the night. Is there anyone reading these lines who may have gotten to a place where it seems dark?

You believe to see, but you are not seeing. In your life-progress there is not constant victory; the daily, undisturbed communion is not there, and all seems dark.

“The Lord caused the sea to go back all that night.” Do not forget that it was “all that night.” God works all the night, until the light comes. You may not see it, but all that “night” in your life, as you believe God, He works. (Streams in the Desert)

Anyone who meets or hears Henry Blackaby speak is the better for it; I number myself among the beneficiaries. God used his study Experiencing God as a catalyst that propelled me to serve Christ in Kenya, and later in India. A number of years after I arrived and began ministry in Kenya, Dr. Blackaby came to East Africa to address all the missionaries serving in Eastern and Southern Africa under appointment by the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board). I maneuvered into a seat close to the podium so I wouldn’t miss a word of his teaching. I still have handwritten notes in the margins of my Bible from those days of heaven on earth.

One of the gripping truths Blackaby expounds that continues to shape my understanding of discipleship is that God is always precious. Blackaby begins his seven realities of experiencing God with the foundational truth that God is always at work around us. Grasping this first reality sets our sail for all that follows, tacking in a decidedly Godward direction. I will not recognize at any given moment all that God is doing in and around me, but knowing that He is fosters confidence despite the darkness that may envelope during the interim.

“God works all the night, until the light comes. You may not see it, but all that ‘night’ in your life, as you believe God, He works.”

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