Intimacy with Jesus: Going through Profoundly Dark and Deep Valleys
Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains, because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High. So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters,I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers,they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
If you are a born again believer in Jesus the Christ like myself- then, you know- there are deep and dark valleys ahead and you might have already passed through some of them already. I have. Some can last for minutes, hours, days, weeks and all in all it is a most befitting thing to Praise the Almighty in every valley no matter how dark, fiery, deep, heart-wrenching, or whatever. If Jesus Christ is at the center of your life all you can really say in Creole: “Mwen Pap Tounen”- “No turning back…” The Cross before You and this world behind you- “No turning back, no turning back” believer!
These two passages of Scripture give assurance of one thing- no matter what or where you take passage through Jesus Christ is there in the midst and it is most befitting with Job to say, “He gives and takes away- blessed be the name of the Lord.” That is why it is so important that Jesus Christ is ever and always and foremost at the center of our lives. Whatever we may have had or grown accustomed or even addicted to- “He gives and takes away.” The Psalmist gives praise this way- “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,…”
Life is both a blessing believer in Jesus; but, intimacy isn’t just about blessings- that would make us no better than simply “for sale” to the best and highest bidder. No. It is really hard too at times and sometimes for some for prolonged seasons and some from the cradle to the grave- life is simply really hard. If permitted- it is not permitted without Jesus- the Lord Jesus Christ standing in the midst of the fire heated 7 X to cast you down and destroy your soul and body forever. It can’t oh Favoured of God one. It just never can if you are clinging to Jesus and the fact- the Son of God’s blood was shed for you and I.
He shed His own blood so that it isn’t only you clinging to Jesus- intimately and tenderly He too is clinging to you. Sometimes in the deepest of valleys we can write, think, see, hear, and sing the deepest of truths that we will never forget. Sometimes in the best of blessings we can write, think, see, hear, and sing in the best of times the most profound of truths. I still remember being in a camp in South American singing beside a river we swam in- “How Great Thou Art!!!” And to this day it is a blessing. Oh bless the Lord Oh my Soul. Christianity isn’t some Manic-Depressive diagnosis over your life. But, the valleys and the mountain tops are in the mix. Embrace Jesus on the mountains just as much in the “dark night of the soul.” You might say with one godly follower somewhere in the Bible, “how long Oh Lord, how long?” That’s okay. It sounds like something someone after God’s own heart might say as they cast their eyes upon The Faithful One So Unchanging.