– Martin Luther King Jr.
Developing Faith in the Dark
There are times when darkness settles in over us and all we’re left with are the eyes of faith but the point is, faith is like film; it is best developed in the dark. There are some things we can only see in the darkness that we cannot see in the light. For example, someone might say, “The stars are out tonight” but the stars are out during the day too. It’s just that we can’t see them due to the sun. When the sun is gone, at least the stars are visible so can navigate. Faith is often times developed when we can’t even see where we’re going.
Seeing Jesus in the Dark
We don’t have the luxury that the disciples had, at least in the sense of seeing Jesus in person and being witnesses to all of His miracles. It’s much easier to trust in a Jesus Who you can see but much more difficult to trust in Him whom we’ve never seen, however we can receive a greater blessing. That’s because Jesus said “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). That includes us, but that too will change someday when we finally see God face to face (Rev 21:3; 22:4). Imagine that!
Seeing God in the Bible
Where can you chiefly find God? In His Word! God has not hidden Himself from mankind because the Bible says that God is clearly obvious and so those who reject God willingly suppress the knowledge of there being a God but they have no excuse (Rom 1:18-20). We don’t have to prove God’s existence to anyone because He says “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). The psalmist puts it well by writing, “Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him” (Psalm 32:6).
The great American hero of passive resistance; a man who always condemned violence, said “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase,” and for Martin Luther King Jr, he took giant leaps of faith in the dark and changed the fabric of America, still having ripples resounding unto today.