Oh, that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone upon my head, and by his light I walked through darkness, as I was in my prime, when the friendship of God was upon my tent, when the Almighty was yet with me.
Job, a holy and upright man—one on whom the Lord doted, and of whom He bragged—knew intimately the joy and glory of walking daily in the Lord’s light.
The psalmist knew the darkness, and simultaneously knew the light of the Lord.
For it is you who light my lamp;
the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
Jesus, the Lord Himself, knew communion with the Father. Intimately, closely, dearly.
At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
As He took the sins of the world upon Himself, separation from the Father was immediate and devastating.
We stand condemned in our own strength. We stand in the darkness, blind and stumbling without the Lord’s light and we are deceived if we believe otherwise. Job saw the reality of his separation from the Lord’s light, and cried out to the Father
I have sewed sackcloth over my skin
and buried my brow in the dust.
My face is red with weeping,
dark shadows ring my eyes;
yet my hands have been free of violence
and my prayer is pure.
Earth, do not cover my blood;
may my cry never be laid to rest!
Even now my witness is in heaven;
my advocate is on high.
My intercessor is my friend
as my eyes pour out tears to God;
on behalf of a man he pleads with God
as one pleads for a friend.
As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God
Separation from God is our natural state — the result of sin and death on this world, and none can argue that the darkness is undeserved. The experience of a close, dear, vibrant walk with the Father does not preclude the night from coming. But we have an advocate. One who took the separation upon Himself, took it into the grave, and conquered it.
This month we are reminded that there is a path through darkness. As darkness comes, we are led through the valley of the shadow of death only by His rod and His light. His comfort is ours, if we walk faithfully with Him through darkness.