Navigate Through Dark Times
Everything looked different in the dark. We had been to this spot on the lake lots of times to watch the July 4th fireworks. It should have been easy to find our way back to the marina where we had rented a slip for the weekend.
As we cruised slowly across the lake, my internal navigation system got confused. Were we going the right way? Shouldn’t we be turning?
Other boaters were all around us. The chop on the water was causing a steady spray of chilly water to drench us. If only we could see better…
One wrong turn and an hour later, we pulled up to a marina that seemed to be the right one. But as we idled slowly in the no wake zone, I wasn’t so sure. Nothing looked familiar. I didn’t recall the sea walls, nor did I remember so many docks.
I was relieved when our slip came into view and we were able to leave the dark waters behind. I hadn’t realized how important it was to pay attention to things while it was light; it would have been easier to identify the marina when it got dark.
As I thought about our experience, I stumbled on a bigger lesson. The Bible provides light for my everyday life. It’s important for me to be familiar with God’s Word, so when ‘dark’ times come, I’ll be able to navigate safely through them.
No matter what
The story of Job gives us a real-life example of someone who knew the truth about God and applied it when times got dark – really dark. God Himself described Job as a “perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil” (Job 1:8). Quite a compliment!
Job chose to worship the Lord during the good times. When Job lost his children, his servants, and his wealth all in one day, he was plunged into darkness. Take a look at his response:
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:20-21 (emphasis mine)
Before tragedy struck, Job spent time with the Lord and knew His character. Job trusted God. In spite of horrific loss, he chose to believe God would help him through the dark days that loomed ahead.
Things got a whole lot darker for Job. His health began to fail, and his body was covered with boils. His wife told him to curse God and die. Men who claimed to be his friends advised him to confess his sin so God would stop punishing him.
Job wondered why he was going through such intense suffering, and although he wanted some answers from God, he didn’t question the Lord’s sovereignty. When God spoke, He didn’t answer Job’s questions. He reminded Job that He was the creator and sustainer of everything.
Job was overwhelmed and awed by God’s greatness. He was reminded that God was trustworthy in the dark times as well as the good times.
Are you going through a ‘dark’ time? Choose to let the light of God’s Word remind you of His nature. He will bring you through. God is your creator and sustainer. He cares about you!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for reminding me of who You are. I can depend on You because You never change! As I read Your Word, help me apply it in everyday life, especially when times get dark. Thank You for never leaving or forsaking me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.