…I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’
Don’t panic. I’m with you.
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
Isaiah 41:9-10 The Message
When all looks dark
It is good to remember:
I confess, there are times when it “seems” like God has left me alone in the dark, and though I cry out to Him, I get only silence.
This used to make me frustrated and angry. But, life with my Faithful Father has taught me–WAIT… THE LIGHT WILL COME. Until it does, I dig deep into God’s Word, searching for the encouragement I need. And, I remind myself–of all the times in the past when God came through for me.
Brian and Candace Simmons said it like this,
Even in the darkest times of your life, Jesus is there. It’s during these valley seasons–when you feel alone, confused, fearful, and sometimes angry–that His love is solidified in you. Trials become a launching pad for glorious transformation and victory. Even if you don’t have the strength to pray one single word, keep you heart toward Him, and He will see you through…
(Some good things bear repeating!)
You are NEVER alone
Let us never forget–that we are never left alone–the Sweet Holy Spirit lives in us!
He never leaves. He never forsakes His own.
When the outer lights dim in our lives, turn inward to Him.
I assure you, He has left you one candle burning.
Though it seems to flicker, it will not go out.
Charles Price said, “Even in the darkest night the redeemed soul still sings.”
It is absolutely true. I have walked this one out for myself many times.
Spurgeon said, “Your victory will come with your song.”
“Your victory will come with your song. It is a very puzzling thing to the devil to hear saints sing when he sets his foot on them. He cannot make it out: the more he oppresses them, the more they rejoice. Let us resolve to be all the merrier when the enemy dreams that we are utterly routed!” (MTP 33:611).
I found this in one of my old blog posts:
One of the reasons I post so many songs on my blogs, is because when I sing songs of HOPE, I not only discover the reason why I sing–but I also discover fresh courage and strength in the midst of my singing.
It was Tolkien who said, “Courage is found in unlikely places.”
(And I believe that’s true.)
I know from experience, regularly singing songs of praise and worship will make a profound difference, in how I view the problems that are weighing heavy on my heart…
(Link to entire post from 12/2019:)
You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because God’s your refuge, the High God your very own home, Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
Psalm 91:1-13 The Message
God has but one goal after we have invited Christ into our hearts–to make us into the image of His Son.