The darkest of times

By Dave Henning / May 30, 2015

“The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”- Psalm 34:18

“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”- 1 Samuel 16:6

As Charles Stanley continues Chapter 6 of Waiting on God, he notes that when we go through extended times of waiting, we often feel “alone and utterly rejected.”  That is why it is crucial for us to remember this encouragement from Dr. Stanley as our adversity persists:

“You can be courageous because the Lord is with you in the darkest of times and will see you through this.”

Perhaps a particular failing or a seemingly insurmountable event from our past makes us think the Father couldn’t possibly love or bless us.  Scripture, however, testifies that the Father is closest to us when we feel most unworthy and defeated.

Whether we sense God’s presence or not, we must be intentional in affirming the truth that God know exactly what we are facing during our time of darkness and is walking alongside us in that darkness.  The Lord is with us, He hasn’t deserted us, and He never will forsake us.  What matter is not who or what we know, how intelligent or strong we are, or how much we’ve achieved in life.  Rather, we are powered by the Spirit of the living God in us and His active influence in our life.

Today’s question: What has enabled you to experience God’s presence in the darkest of times?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “The path for your victory”


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