Here are five Scriptures I read in my darkest moments, and I have had a few of those.
Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
This is an awesome chapter because of the many promises God gives the believer. In these two verses, the Apostle Paul writes that the Holy Spirit is bearing witness within us that we are the children of God; and as children of God, we have the privilege of calling out to God in prayer. Verse 17 tells us that we are suffering with Christ “in order that we might be glorified with him” after our death or at His second coming, whichever comes first.
Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
If you’ve ever seen a mother wipe the tears away from her young child, you can appreciate this tender scenario. Here it says that God will eventually wipe away ever tear from our eyes; and then all of our past suffering, mourning, weeping, pain, and even death will be gone forever. I pray that can give you hope in your darkest moments.
Second Timothy 1:12 “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.”
The Apostle Paul wasn’t hoping or wishing God would guard the deposit in us by His Spirit. Paul was convinced that God “is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.” His confidence wasn’t in his own ability to persevere. His confidence was in God, Who would keep him as His own “until that Day,” meaning the day of his visitation and judgment of the world.
Psalm 118:5-6 “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Years ago my cousins and I were exploring some honeycomb caves in Arkansas. Of course, we took flashlights with us, but they started to die. And, worse, we were lost. The only thing I could think of was to pray to God. I called out to God “in my distress,” and “the Lord answered me and set me free.” We were able to find our way out. That was a very scary moment for me and my cousins; but as the psalmist declared, He was “on my side” all the time, even if I didn’t see Him.
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
How sure are you that nothing can separate you from God’s love? Do you think fallen angels, rulers, things to come, heights, depths, or even death can keep you from God? The Apostle Paul reminds us that nothing can separate the children of God from God Himself. Take comfort in that. You can be as sure as Paul was in writing this.
A person’s darkest hour may bring God’s greatest victory in that this person finally humbles themself, comes before God broken and empty, and has only the Lord to turn to. That’s why God may allow our dark moments, that we might more easily see the light that is found only in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who as the Light of God, illuminated the darkness so that we might see our sins, repent of them, and then put our trust in Christ.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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