My ClashPoint is this: sometimes ? a lot of times ? God ordains darkness for His people whom He?s going to greatly use. This is not darkness that?s a product of our sinful constituent nature. It?s not the darkness that comes through stupidity, and it?s not the darkness that?s the product of demonic interference. Instead, it?s a biblical blackout where God tests the heart of the one who professes His name.
Darkness tests our calling, convictions, courage and commitment. You know?all the stuff that we have and say we?ll never lose when the birds are chirping and we just got a raise at work. Darkness, or the extreme testing of our spiritual mettle, is the precursor to light and major use in God?s economy. It is coming to each one of us who is truly called by His name. How we handle it when it comes will determine whether we?re benefited by it or battered beyond repair.