Genesis 1:2 reveals that the Spirit of God began moving in the darkness. Can I encourage you not to be afraid of God’s darkness? The Father makes everyone in secret—in stillness, silence and obscurity. In the place that we dread, the hidden place, God makes his mighty men and women.
We see this principle throughout creation. The baby grows in secret before it is ever birthed. Diamonds are made in the pressure of the earth’s darkness before they see the sun’s radiance. Seeds also begin growing below the earth, hidden from the eye, before emerging to bear their precious fruit. God’s ways have not changed. He delights to form each of his servants in secret.
We also see this principle throughout Scripture. John the Baptist “grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel” (Luke 1:80, NKJV). Similarly, we read in Isaiah how Jesus was formed by Father: “And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He had hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me” (Isaiah 49:2, NASB). Every saint of old was made the same way.
Personally, I would like to bypass the desert—God’s darkness—and move quickly to my appearance on God’s stage. I would like my “stock” to go public immediately because I have a part to play in the world. But before my part needs to be played, God’s work needs to be completed in me. Just as the children of Israel could not skip the desert, neither can we. The desert is God’s ordained place for us to become strong in spirit, making us ready for the day of battle. God is not interested in making instant successes, nor does he want us to be shooting stars. Instead, he desires to bring us through a process, just as he made the heavens and the earth through multiple stages.
God’s darkness is the womb in which he forms us to be his servants. He longs to send us, but first he has to sanctify us. Isaiah again displays this: “And now the Lord says, ‘Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant’” (Isa. 49:5, NASB). The place of darkness teaches us that we are to wait on him before we wait on others—it makes us into his servants. There is a great temptation for us to serve people because it looks and feels good. But in the secret place we learn to satisfy the audience of One.
If we want to see God’s light and receive revelation, we must learn to love the hidden place where the Spirit of God hovers. “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you openly” (Matt. 6:6, own translation). Today, the church lacks form and fullness because it has not done this thing that God has predestined from the beginning. He makes his servants in secret, in the hidden place of prayer, and then thrusts them out openly with power and authority. We cannot circumvent his ways.
Prayer: Father, help me embrace your way of darkness and solitude. In your secret place your Holy Spirit is hovering and caring for me. You are making me into a mighty man/woman of God. I praise you for your creative way of using darkness in my life. I know your light will come.