29 January, 2007

Dark Winters

Dark times in life will can lead to greater reliance on Jesus Christ. I am sure the Lord Jesus allows us to suffer so that we will come to love him more.

The Psalms speak a lot of the suffering of the true believer. Psalm 42 probes the depth of doubt and unbelief and ends with a stronger reliance on the Lord. May our hurts, disappointments, and persecutions lead us to love Christ with a deeper love, and serve him with more freedom.

It is said that in some countries trees will grow, but will bear no fruit because there is no winter there. -John Bunyan

Psalm 42
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? 4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. 5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. 6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. 7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. 8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. 9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? 11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Another benefit to dark times is they make you appreciate one's blessings all the more. It's one reason I'm actually glad we've got a heavy dose of winter right now - it makes spring that much the better.

Though the snow does look quite nice.