Many people around me are walking through dark days right now. One friend’s marriage is dying at the grip of infidelity. Betrayal has broken her spirit and her heart. She’s left reeling, trying to figure out what her next step needs to be.
A friend’s son has turned away from all the values he was raised with. He’s walking in his own will, oblivious to the coming consequences for his choices. His mama’s heart is broken.
A teen in our community committed suicide. I cannot imagine what their family is going through right now. Heartache, grief, regret. Indescribable loss, raw and searing.
Friends and family members fight for their lives as terminal illness attempts to steal as many days as it can.
These days are dark.
Our God . . . He knows the agony of darkness. His only Son was tortured at the hands of wicked men. He listened to His Son’s pleas, knowing He could only watch, because of a greater plan. His perfect, God-man Son wore the death cloth, His body placed in a tomb. Sealed with a rock.
“The moon and stars, they wept
The morning sun was dead
The savior of the world was fallen….”
(From Forever, by Kari Jobe)
Our God knows the darkness in the hearts of men. He knows the pain we walk through. He grieves for those who are violated by the evil in men’s hearts that is lived out.
Yes, these are dark days.
But our hope is in this: Jesus Christ. Crucified. Buried. Resurrected.
God never promised HIs followers they would escape the effects of darkness in our world. He says the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. What He promises is that He will always be with us. He will never leave or forsake us.
Just because we claim to follow Him, it doesn’t mean we are excused from heartache. It does mean we have hope because Jesus has borne the worst of what we deserve. He has conquered sin . . . for us. Because He loves us.
We will go through trials that strip us bare. We will walk through the hard of this life. But, we don’t walk alone.
And those trials are not the end of our stories. They are a chapter (or ten) in the book that encompasses our lives. One day, they will be a testimony of the work God did in and through us, through our walks in the darkness.
But, as we walk in the midst of the hard seasons? It can be far too easy to look at all that is going on around us, to become discouraged, beaten down. Each solitary moment feels heavy. They drain our spirits, they break us.
The thing we have to remember is that in those darkest of moments, Jesus is light.
He is hope in despair.
He is comfort in betrayal.
He is healing in brokenness.
He offers us peace in the dark times. When we turn our eyes to Him. When our hearts choose to trust Him. When we entrust our brokenness to Him, we can walk—or limp—with peace.
Our God knows the darkness. He understands the hurts we walk with. And, He promises to bring us through to the other side.
Our only true hope is in Jesus, and what He did, because He loves us. The troubles of this world sometimes appear so final. They feel so permanent.
But the truth is, they are temporary.
What is permanent is that Jesus loves us. He has made it possible for us to be in a place of no more torment. He offers us heaven for eternity.
That truth may not make it easier in the moment to face life’s hard. But, this reality gives us hope. Because whatever this world throws into our lives isn’t our forever. Our forever is Jesus loving us.
He brings light to the darkness and hope to the downhearted.
What about you? What verses offer you hope in the dark seasons of your life? What does Jesus’ love mean to you?
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