Fear in the Darkness
By Art Dmytriyev
The story has been told among the alpinists in the Mountain area of Crimea, Russian Federation. There was a day when alpinists of Crimea were going to claim the top of the local rough mountain. One alpinist with the approach of darkness was almost successful in reaching his goal for that day, and all of a sudden, he slid into a dark cave. He was hanging on a rope between heaven and earth. Because of the sunset time and the thick darkness of the cave, he could not determine the distance away from the ground. According to his audio-recording device, he heard the voice telling him: “Cut the rope and let it go!”. It was repeated in his head several times. With deeper panic and awful fear, he was responding: “I can’t”. Several days later, when the rescue team found his body, it was hanging only 36 inches from the ground!
The Bible speaks a lot against fear. Here are only a few passages that express God’s Voice toward His children. Isaiah 41:10 KJV: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” 1 John 4:18 KJV: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” Luke 12:32 KJV: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Today, in a world of darkness and gloom, we are enslaved by the fear of death (Hebrews 2:15). People do anything to escape doom. Lots of humans by attempting to reach their goal, fall into the deep dark cave of their life. They are still hanging in that darkness. Like that alpinist, they are hanging between heaven and earth, and only a few are willing to cut that rope and let it go.
We thank the Lord that there is a voice in the darkness of life constantly appealing to everyone today: “This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21 KJV). Jesus Christ who is the source of life says: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 KJV). Jesus said: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12 KJV). So, by letting it go and obeying His voice, we will avoid darkness altogether!
Dear friend, what is holding you? Are you hanging on the cord of your fears and worries of uncertainty in the future? How long do you think you can last? The darkness is coming to the whole world. The Bible says in Isaiah 60:2 KJV: “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people”, but in the same verse, God gives us hope: “but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” Jesus is the source of life, in Him, there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Cut that robe! Let it go! Submit His Voice! Please, do not delay any longer. He will rescue and deliver you from the trouble that comes upon the whole world. When you hear His voice do not harden your heart but surrender yourself to the Lord!
Pastor Art Dmytriyev is originally from Siberia. He has traveled the world in Evangelism and pastoral ministry. He serves as a pastor in North Carolina, holds a Master of Divinity degree, and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate. More information at: https://burnsvillenc.adventistchurch.org/pastors-blog
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