And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him. —Genesis 15:12.

There is something very gloomy and awful in what is called “a total eclipse of the sun.” When the earth is darkened, creation puts on a melancholy aspect and seems to mourn in silent sadness. But the surprise and astonishment which naturally affect us on these accounts are greatly abated, as these are not uncommon appearances in nature; and as they are foretold and accounted for. As in the natural, so it is in the spiritual world. The children of God in all ages have experienced the darkness of soul: therefore none should think this particularly when they are exercised thus, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: (1 Peter 4:12).

We see Abraham, the friend of God, and father of the faithful, under an eclipse of the bright shining of the sun of righteousness. The consequence of this darkness was a horror; yes, a horror of great darkness fell on him. And this too, after an extraordinary appearance of the Lord himself to him, who called him by his name, bid him FEAR NOT—assures him, I AM THY SHIELD AND THY EXCEEDING GREAT REWARD: then gives him the comfortable promise of the seed that should spring from him. Upon which, Abraham “believed in the Lord, and he counted it to him for righteousness;” and he offers a sacrifice as the Lord commanded. But, alas, how soon did his bright sun of comfort disappear! How soon did darkness and horror fall upon him! How changeable are our frames! Extraordinary manifestations of comfort and joy are often succeeded by the darkness of soul and trials of faith. So it was with our dear Saviour after the Father’s declaration, “This is my beloved Son:” after the visible descent of the Holy Ghost upon him, he was led into the wilderness, to undergo the sharpest and trying temptations. Thus again St. Paul, after he had been caught up to the third heavens, a messenger of Satan was sent to buffet him.

Hence, O believer, under spiritual darkness and distress of soul write not bitter things against yourself. Think not God ceases to love you and visits in wrath. No: God ever rests in love; he changes not; his love is ever the same. You are equally as safe in His hands in the dark, though not so comfortable as in the light…

Hear Mystical children these trials are to strengthen your faith. There is a time coming when you will need all the energy to stand and be tested in order to be an overcomer. It is so distressing how some of the very people among whom you stood to proclaim this word have retreated and waged a war to destroy the things you believe. How the enemy checks these pages daily to find flaws of the teachings and the revealed truth.

Your day may have already visited you or very soon. I encourage you today knowing that our times are in God’s hands. Have a great day.

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