“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
I believe that God is good all the time.
He is not the author of suffering and pain.
But life involves life and pain and problems and stretching.
This is normal, natural.
We live in a fallen world and are targets to a ruthless enemy.
But in that, even in that, God is good and is always at work to restore and bring goodness out of the difficult seasons.
He has a solution for every problem (but, how many times do we not like His suggested solutions!)
He does not abandon us to the darkness but walks with us, in every moment.
What the enemy means for our destruction, God uses for our growth.
If you are walking through a difficult season here are 3 things to encourage you:
1. Isaiah 43:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
This is good news for us. When we walk through trial, God is with us. When we walk through darkness, God is with us. When we walk through pain, God is with us. When we walk through flood, God is with us. When we walk through fire, God is with us.
His presence protects us so we are not overwhelmed or scorched.
But yes, we have to walk through those waters and the fire.
2. Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
This is good news and good truth. This is real truth. Often when in the dark spaces of our life we can think that some of the Word of God is just nice cliche or lovely platitudes, but it is real truth. You can stake your life on it. You can count on it.
3. Psalm 121 – I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Sometimes in the dark seasons we have to CHOOSE to look up and see the stars. We have to CHOOSE to have faith. We have to CHOOSE to trust God and believe His promises.
I can tell you from experience that I isnt easy. But worth it.
How do you see the stars in the dark times?