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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Darkest Before the Dawn

Psalm 30:5 “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (KJV).

Sometimes in our lives it seems that we have no recourse in a decision. The gauntlet has been thrown down and all that we are capable of is being swept downstream by events that are out of our control. This is the place that our faith is put to the test. As difficult as it may be to praise God in the darkest of moments, as mature Christians we must. This is not to say that God will give up on us if we are unable.  His mercy and grace abound toward us and He understands the harshness of this world. When we look disaster in the face and say, “My God is greater than you,” the power of faith is released.

Many truths of Christianity are counter-intuitive to our sensibilities. I Corinthians 15:36 explains, “. . .that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die” (KJV). In sacrificing the grain of wheat, a plant that yields many more seeds is produced, and with it hope for the future. God will not leave us stranded in the place that He has led us to. We may not be able to see the path that He has for us; but, what He asks is for our faith to travel it with Him.

If you are in this place today, lift up your head. Your faithfulness and long-suffering have not gone unnoticed by your Father. A life devoted to God is not a random series of events, He is leading you to a destination that you could not have arrived at alone.  Rejoice in the knowledge that He is faithful and kind and that He loves you more than you can imagine.  Even the darkest night is broken at dawn by the glorious rays of the sun. Be comforted by this fact, set your face as flint and go forward in what you know God has spoken to you. In Jesus' name I pray that today is the end of an era of despair and the dawn of the life that God has ordained for you. Amen.

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