God lives in Darkness
You might be surprised to find God is in the darkness.
“Hold your horses?” you might say, “God is light?”
Yes God is light, this is true, but He is also described in scripture as being shrouded in deep and terrible darkness.
Scary I know. “God is in the darkness!” a new horror flick coming to cinemas near you.
But instead of being afraid of the dark, darkness can sometimes be our best friend. Fortunately, the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Often it’s only when you are humbled in the cocoon of darkness transformation can occur.
Solomon, which the Bible concludes as the wisest man of all time often spoke of the darkness of God’s abode.
“Then Solomon said, ‘LORD, you have said you wouldlive in a dark cloud.’” and again “The Lord has said that He would dwell in thick darkness.”
Is it possible, we are protected by this “Cloud of Darkness” so we only see what we can handle or believe we are ready for?
Think of sex. Exposed to it before having the maturity and covenants to handle it, it could implode one's life, ruining a precious gift forever. It’s why children under the age of consent are shielded from this experience...It’s better to keep them in the dark.
It’s why Solomon said, “Don’t awaken love before its time.” Love is a loaded weapon which brings tremendous responsibility. I don’t encourage you to go chasing after God in the darkness.
But when it comes don’t run. It’s an invitation to transformation.
So if God is in the darkness how do we find him? Ironically mystics don’t ask “Where is God?” they ask “Where is God not?”
It is part of a concept called “Via Negativa” or “Apophatic Theology”. If you are interested look it up. It brings a balance to the notion of certainty, of arrogance and false images of God.
Don’t believe me? For the Christians who need Bible verses like me to feel some sense of certainty here are a couple to illustrate how often God is seen in mind-melting darkness.
“As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep. A thick and terrible darkness covered him. Then the LORD said to him, “You can be sure of what I am about to tell you.”
“Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. But the people remained a long way off.”
“There were black clouds and deep darkness. Then the LORD spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of His words. But you didn’t see any shape or form. You only heard a voice.”
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