Sometimes God wants us to walk in darkness with little or no return from Him. During the Dark Night of the Soul, we are stripped of everything we have depended upon … even hearing His voice.
I believe it is one of His ultimate acts of lovingkindness when He withdraws even His presence. Left to ourselves, are we going to fend for ourselves? Or are we going to pour our hearts out in longing for Him and wait for Him to come to us?
When God withdraws from us and we are left alone, we can sense the futility of the flesh and the barren nature of the soul left to its own desires. The second part of John 15:5 must become a reality in our lives if we are truly to understand the power of God in which our Father desires us to walk. The flesh is so strong, and God is in the business of weaning us from all that comes by way of nature. We must come to the point of utter helplessness and poverty of spirit to experience His power. He stands by patiently until we are crying out for Him with every fiber of our being.
“He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.” (Psalm 147:10-11)
“Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:3)
©2005 Deanna Deering, Masterpiece of the Wilderness