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Comfort in Dark Times

by J. M. Farro on July 12th, 2010

A dear lady wrote me the other day, telling me how despondent she was over a sad event in her family which left her hurt, disappointed, and perplexed. She asked me why the Lord allows His children to face suffering, heartache, and hardship. I spent some time in earnest prayer for her and her family, and I shared some things with her that the Lord put on my heart.

For reasons that we may never understand this side of heaven, God allows even His most devoted children to sometimes experience suffering and pain. These are the times when we need our faith most, and when the Lord calls us to simply put our trust in Him.

Even in my darkest times, I have hung on to two beliefs that have consoled me. First, God is a good God. And second, He loves us with a perfect love.

If you are in painful place right now, ask the Lord to help you to see your disappointment and trouble from His perspective, so that you can respond to them in ways that will please Him, and benefit you.

Take heart in the promise that God can bring great good out of even the most tragic circumstances. (Romans 8:28) Tell Him that you are expecting Him to keep this promise to you, and ask Him to help you to perceive the good when He reveals it to you.

During a dark time in his own life, David wrote–“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13 NIV) David never lost faith that better and brighter days were up ahead for him. He ends this psalm with a word of heartfelt encouragement to you and me in our own dark times: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14 NIV)

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