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What is the first image that comes to mind when you hear the title, “The King of Darkness.”  Do you get a picture of a devil running around with a pitch-fork?  Maybe if you’re a fantasy fan such as myself, you might see a dark figure like Sauron from LOTR. Whatever comes to mind, I would wager that the image is a dark one that is evil personified.  Am I right?

When bad things begin to happen in our lives, when we face circumstances that seem to thrust us into the darkness and leave us in the void, we believe that some sort of “King of Darkness” is sabotaging our lives.  We feel as though God has deserted us and left us to our own devices.

When we think about God, we never associate Him with darkness right?  It’s always light, and white-marbled buildings that gleam in the sunshine right?  But if God is really GOD, then why do we only reserve His rule to the light?  Would His reign and power also stretch across the light and into the darkness we may find ourselves in at times?  Would He not also be considered…The King of Darkness?

So the next time you find yourself in a tough predicament,

a rough situation,

in a kind of darkness that seems outside God’s reach,

remember that He has not left you alone. Remember that He is with you now as He always has and always will be.  Remember that He knows where you are and what you need.  Remember that He can guide you just as easily in the dark, tough areas of life, as He can in the light.  Remember that He is…the King of Darkness.

I think that the idea of God being at work in the world is sometimes foreign to us.  When we say, or believe, that God is at work in the world…usually we mean, our world.

We believe that as long as God blesses us, the world must be blessed. It is possible that, being in this state of mind, we forget about the suffering of the world around us.  We believe that if we are facing a rough time, then the suffering of the rest of the world either becomes clearer to us, or we somehow believe that we have been mistreated and that “dame fortune” no longer is on our side.

Yet whatever place we find ourselves in, we must remember that God is not a stagnite being.  If we truly believe that God’s ways are higher than our ways, then we must also believe that His plans & doings are far beyond even our own comprehension.  God is a being, a spirit, pure essence, that is continually working in the midst of the world that He created. No doubt that His ideas and plans for this world, indeed, even our very lives, have not even entered into the mind of man.

I think this is the reason He asks us to trust Him.  Relying upon His strength, His knowledge, His understanding and being confident of His wisdom and His control over circumstances that we cannot yet understand is what trusting Him is all about. It’s about continually believing that God is always at work, that He is always moving, that He is always doing…and therefore we need not worry about tomorrow b/c He is in complete control.

Therefore do not frett when you can’t see the end of the day, or the end of the hour. God is at work beyond your comprehension. So respond with trust. Confidently putting your hope in a moving God.

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