Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:12
To those of you who are walking or even stumbling along on a dark path, wondering what on earth you ever did to end up her, I would like to offer these words of hope and comfort. You are not alone.
While many, like Job's friends, might urge you to repent or even insist that if you had more faith you would not be on this path, I believe that God's Word clearly shows us that sometimes... the road is rough. Throughout history, God's people have had to face hard times. There is Noah, who was viewed as a lunatic. There is Abraham, wandering in a far land, waiting years for God to fulfill His promise of a son. There is David fleeing for his life... after he had been anointed as king. Then we have men like Job, Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who were serving God with their whole hearts... and faced adversity.
Jesus was ridiculed by his own family, betrayed by one of His own disciples and endured a cruel and humiliating death. James was put to death, Stephen was stoned and Peter was thrown into prison. History claims that every single apostle, except for John, was executed. Looking at the life of Paul, I do not even know where to begin! Letters to the early church indicate that life was not easy for Christians and we know that from secular sources as well.
Men like William Tyndale gave their lives so that we could have the Bible translated into English. John Bunyan, author of the most widely read allegory in the world, wrote it while in prison. The Pilgrim's Progress, written in the 17th century, is one of the most well-known books in the English language and is still in print today.
I would like to urge those of you who find you are walking on a dark path to ignore those who cause you to feel in any way like God has abandoned you. That is contrary to God's Word for He has said that He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us!
I have heard that there are those who say that if someone is sick or suffering, it is due to lack of faith. I have even heard of people being told it is their fault their child is handicapped, sick or... even dies. They didn't have enough faith! I would like to ask those people exactly how much faith is "enough" faith? I believe that anyone who cries out to God is exhibiting a "mustard seed" of faith... and that is more than enough.
Let us always remember that regardless of the path we trod, regardless of our circumstances, God is always with us. We cannot be hid from His presence and He will turn our darkness into light... even when we are in the darkest of places.