May 6, 2021
Read: Psalm 22: 1-24
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5
No night is so dark as a night when God seems silent. No night is so long as a night when we feel forgotten and forsaken by Him. The darkness thickens as the pain increases. We cry out, ”Where are you, Lord? Why have you forsaken me?” These hours can be full of doubt and dismay as we cry with David, “Why are you so far from helping me?”
There is a reason that God sometimes seems silent. God wants each of us in our entirety. To get that, He may need to take us to the end of ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As long as we try to be in control, we are not where God wants us to be. We must become like David, in verse 6, where he saw himself as a worm and earnestly pleaded, “Be not far from me… for there is none to help… O LORD: O my strength.” Later David could testify, “For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath He hid his face from him; but when He cried unto him, He heard.”
As an amateur astronomer, I have found that the glories of the starry hosts are best seen on the darkest nights. I have looked through my telescope, spellbound at the glory of the majesty of God. Likewise, I have seen God’s face in the dark cloud of affliction. But the darkness has become a consolation to me, a confirmation of God’s love.
On the darkest nights of your pain amid temptations to despair, lie back, relax, and gaze on the majesty of God. Cast yourself fully upon Him, and you will see His love, mercy, and kindness.