“Who walks in darkness and has no light?
Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God.”
Life can be confusing. There are times when it seems as though we are walking in darkness and it is very difficult to navigate our way. These dark times can be caused by illness, the loss of a loved one, having a prodigal child, or a host of other hardships. Fortunately, Isaiah was no stranger to difficulty, and writes to give us assistance as we make our way through the struggles we are facing.
“Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God.”
Isaiah uses two verbs to describe the action we should take when we do not know how to handle the things we are facing.
First, he says we are to “Trust in the name of The Lord”. The word trust can mean to believe, depend on or put confidence in. This particular word also could be used to speak of a place to hide for refuge from a storm or attack. What is alluded to, is the name of the Lord is like a bomb shelter, during the greatest trials of life. Not long ago, I was in a bomb shelter, and found it was not only a place of security, but was stocked with everything necessary to sustain life until the attack was over. No matter what we face, we can hide away in the name of the Lord.
Second, he writes we should rely upon God. The word rely means to support yourself, as you would if you had an injury and needed a crutch or a cane. The idea is, the difficulties we face are too much for us and we need assistance. What a wonderful thing it is to know we can always lean upon the Lord.
No matter what you are facing, don’t try to make it through on your own. Instead, look to God who loves you and sent His Son to die for you. He wants to help you navigate through the journey of life, even in the darkest parts.