Over the past weekend I felt directed of the Holy Spirit to study and pray about the something I had thinking over - "Dark Times Of Life"
Times of hurt, pain loneliness and more specifically; relationships that fail or end in divorce. The testimony of how God restored my marriage to my wife, Linda, is on our web site-www.texaspepper.net We both have much to thank God for each day. But, daily, I read and speak to so many folks that are going through such emotional pain.
I read Psalms 139. This stuck out to me.
Psalms 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness will overwhelm me; The light around me will be night; 12 Even the darkness doesn't hide from you, But the night shines as the day. The darkness is like light to you.
The darkness is like light to you God works very well in the dark! What is seemingly the darkest for you and me is still light to the Lord. God work very well in the dark!
Then I thought, Well, what do we do in the darkest night of our life? It came to me this way.
CALM DOWN Pray and offer thanksgiving to the Lord as Paul spoke in Philippians
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.
God is still in control.
WISE UP We need to stop asking WHY and start asking WHAT What can I learn? What can I become? What can I do? We need to stop saying it's not fair. I have learned that Life is not fair many times But God is Good. We need to stop comparing ourselves with others. It only causes resentment
DO get a perspective of seeing our situation through the eyes of JOY James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers when you fall into various temptations,(trials) 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
When we get a history with God (of what He has done and how we trusted him in the past) look back on it and say. He will do it again. Perseverance is like a muscle: The more we exercise it the stronger it becomes.
PRESS ON We all do well to stop look over our past. Past hurts, pains, disappointments. Like Paul says:
Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I don't regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. This tells me to pursue after God. His plan. His will.
Tells me to live right righteous, right living even in the Dark Times Of Life.
Keep the main thing the Main Thing.
Keep active for God. Stay in church. Stay in fellowship with the people of God. Stay in a Bible study. Stay busy in the helping the needs of others.
Increase, not decrease prayer and Bible study.
Live ONE DAY AT A TIME!
Find humor in the moment
Practice stress relievers. Walk, ride a bike, sing, play a guitar, piano or what ever you can play. Do your hobbies or take up a new one.
What ever you do. Refuse to give up. On October 29, 1941, U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited Harrow School to hear the traditional songs he had sung there as a youth, as well as to speak to the students. This became one of his most quoted speeches, due to distortions that evolved about what he said. The myth is that Churchill stood before the students and said, "Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up." Then he sat down.