Gen 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
sun at last went down, and the swift, eastern night cast its heavy veil
over the scene.
Worn out with the mental conflict, the watchings, and
the exertions of the day, Abraham fell into a deep sleep, and in that
sleep is soul was oppressed with a dense and dreadful darkness, such as
almost stifled him, and lay like a nightmare upon his heart.
understand something of the horror of that darkness?
When some terrible
sorrow which seems so hard to reconcile with perfect love, crushes down
upon the soul, wringing from it all its peaceful rest in the pitifulness
of God, and launching it on a sea unlit by a ray of hope;
unkindness, and cruelty maltreat the trusting heart, till it begins to
doubt whether there be a God overhead who can see and still
permit...these know something of the "horror of great darkness."
is thus that human life is made up; brightness and gloom; shadow and
sun; long tracks of cloud, succeeded by brilliant glints of light...
amid all Divine justice is working out its own schemes, affecting others
equally with the individual soul which seems the subject of special
O ye who are filled with the horror of great darkness
because of God's dealings with mankind, learn to trust that infallible
wisdom, which is co-assessor with immutable justice;
And know that He
who passed through the horror of the darkness of Calvary, with the cry
of forsakenness, is ready to bear you company through the valley of the
shadow of death till you see the sun shining upon its further side.
us, by our Forerunner, send forward our anchor, Hope, within the veil
that parts us from the unseen; where it will grapple in ground and will
not yield, but hold until the day dawns, and we follow it into the haven
guaranteed to us by God's immutable counsel.
~F. B. Meyer~
disciples thought that that angry sea separated them from Jesus. Nay,
some of them thought worse than that;
They thought that the trouble that
had come upon them was a sign that Jesus had forgotten all about them,
and did not care for them.
Oh, dear friend, that is when troubles have a
sting, when the devil whispers, "God has forgotten you; God has
forsaken you"; when your unbelieving heart cries as Gideon cried, "If
the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us?"
The evil has
come upon you to bring the Lord nearer to you.
The evil has not come
upon you to separate you from Jesus, but to make you cling to Him more
faithfully, more tenaciously, more simply.
~F. S. Webster, M.A.~
should we so abandon ourselves to God as when He seems to have
Let us enjoy light and consolation when it is His pleasure
to give it to us, but let us not attach ourselves to His gifts, but to
And when He plunges us into the night of pure faith, let us
still press on through the agonizing darkness.
Oh, for faith that brings the triumph When defeat seems strangely near!
Oh, for faith that brings the triumph Into victory's ringing cheer...
Faith triumphant; knowing not defeat or fear.