Written by Emmie Stanley
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1: 13-16
Holiness is to be consecrated to God’s service, conformed in all things to His will. The road to holiness often leads through what is sometimes referred to as the “dark night of the soul” – those times in our lives when we feel like something is wrong, but we just can’t quite put our finger on what it is, why we feel as we do. It is that wilderness experience that can be characterized by a sense of loss, disappointment, and sorrow. We can feel abandoned and it can seem as though God has stopped talking to us. Even gains that we have had in the past seem to be slipping away.
Ironically it is when we want to get closer to God and know Him better that we will often go through such times. He is shining His lamp on our inward parts, revealing things in our lives that are holding us back from the fullness of the close relationship that we desire. Things are being exposed that need to be rooted out of us, and the result will be greater fruit and a deeper fellowship with God. It is the process of taking us from glory to glory, and it takes us from self-sufficiency to total dependence on Him. It’s a hard place to be, but as we surrender ourselves and die to the things in our life that are being exposed, we will come out of the darkness into a higher level of intimacy with our loving Father.