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With darkness, suddenly light is brought forth  E-mail
Ailie Baumann | 20 July 2016
Darkness, it always comes before the light, before the dawn.  What does it look like in our lives other than a physical blackness? Darkness is often found in the waiting for answered prayers and waiting for promises to be fulfilled.  In this waiting, circumstances and life begin to behave opposite to what we know God has promised to us and how he wants us to live.  We find ourselves looking at both and crying out to God.

“God, how does this work?  I know your promises.  I know your character.  I know that you are good. Despite all of this, my circumstances are saying otherwise.”

I have been in this place so many times this year with Papa.  I look around me and I see the whole world is largely plunged in a darkness. Waiting. Groaning for the dawning of a new day.  Longing to see the salvation of the Lord.

I have also seen a deep resilience arise in the body of Christ as His people hold fast to the truth of who He is and what He has promised. Still, the darkness seems to prevail.

I keep hearing Jesus say to me “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” I love this because it is filled with great promise.  The sun will rise with faithfulness in its wings.  The doors of breakthrough will open and the world will see that this is the year of the Lord’s salvation.

The past couple of weeks, Holy Spirit has had me meditating on Genesis 1.  I want to share with you what Holy Spirit has been showing me because I feel it is so applicable to many of us, our nation, and the world.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  Then God said, Let there be light; and there was light…. – Genesis 1:1-3 NKJV

Holy Spirit hovered over the darkness.  Before he created a world of life-giving opportunities and experiences, Holy Spirit hovered, brooded over darkness.  Holy Spirit is not afraid of darkness.  He knows that in those moments of darkness all that we have left to do is place our hand in his and trust him.  We trust him to lead us.  Our ears became heightened to the very sound of his voice.  We experience a deeper tangible presence because we are not fighting a myriad of distractions.  No, we are clinging to our hope, our life, our source. 

In his brooding, Holy Spirit deepens our desire for him.  He intensifies his manifest presence.  He takes the time to lead us out of self-ambition and self-righteousness into a place of complete surrender. 

We don’t know how long Holy Spirit hovered over the darkness.  He hovered until he knew the time had come for him to speak.  Darkness may come slowly and remain for a long time but when God brings light it comes as a suddenly.  God spoke and there was light. Instant. Suddenly.

God knew that in order for life to flourish on the earth, light and living water was required.  These worked together to create fruitfulness which could sustain life.  Out of darkness, God brings life-giving fruitfulness, overflowing rivers of living water and the glory of God. 

Beloved, there is a purpose to what you are going through.  God is encouraging you that your breakthrough is coming.  It will be a suddenly.  This is the season for suddenlies.  In the meantime, he is hovering over you, your family, your finances, your circumstances, and your life.  He is pulling you deep into his heart because the deeper you go the more glory you will see when the breakthrough comes. When God is finished with the work that he has begun, he will walk with you in the cool of the day and night.  You will experience a deeper intimacy.  The springs and wells within you will bubble up to sustain the life and creative miracles he has brought into your life, family, and situation.

Wait for the suddenly.  One moment it will be dark.  The next it will be light.  Jesus is working on your behalf. 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9