“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” (Isaiah 45:3)
Through the prophet Isaiah, God gave this promise to King Cyrus—150 years before he was even born! Not an Israelite, he was Persian, yet God promised to give him hidden treasures cloaked in darkness; riches concealed from view and hidden in obscurity.
Through the darkest night of suffering, in the midst of our deepest pain, hidden treasures of darkness are easy to miss if we’re not looking for them. God promised to give hidden treasures to Cyrus so that God’s reality could be seen and ultimately that God would receive glory.
God has treasures hidden for you also, hidden in your darkest moments.
History records that Cyrus did indeed discover these treasures during a divine conquest. I love the fact that God prophesied this 15 decades before it occurred! It is just another reminder of God’s omniscience, foreknowledge and providence. Long before Cyrus was born God was planning works that He would accomplish through him.
You may feel you’ve been forgotten or are living a purposeless life. Whenever you find yourself groping in the darkness, it seems like there is nothing good to be found. But in the dark night of suffering, God desires for us to unearth the valuable lessons He has hidden there. He bids us to embark on a “divine conquest” to seek out what He has hidden in the painful season He’s allowed.
Finding treasures in the darkness of suffering is more difficult than finding blessings in the abundance of sunshiny days, cool breezes, and smooth paths. But the treasures found in times of affliction are always of greater value; they are weighty with meaning and not easily forgotten.
As you set your heart to seek God while shrouded in darkness, your trust in Him will serve as a vivid demonstration to others of His reality. Your dependence on His grace communicates to others that He is trustworthy. Responding to the challenge of suffering with a heart of yielded submission will draw those who are watching to the beauty of Christ.
In every storm, every trial of affliction, there are hidden treasures waiting to be unearthed.
“A black night seems to make the moon brighter. Purple irises brighten yellow daffodils. And a dark gray Kansas sky makes the wheat look truly golden. So it is with us. It seems that God best displays the brilliance of His grace against the backdrop of our darkest and even blackest moments.” —Joni Eareckson Tada1
I encourage you to work through Isaiah 45, noting each time God refers to the fact that He alone is God. God is not on an ego trip by repeating Himself so frequently on this issue. Why do you think He mentions this so many times?
Can you recall times of suffering when God revealed to you His trustworthiness? Have you found treasures hidden in the darkness of affliction? Recount these times. If you haven’t written them down, record them in a journal to be read when the next storm comes and use it to build your faith in fearful times.
1Joni Eareckson Tada, 31 Days Toward Overcoming Adversity (Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 2006), 104.
Adapted from my True Woman post: 10/02/2008 http://www.truewoman.com/?id=207