Dark Days

Romans 5:3-5

Jesus Christ said, “In the world you will have tribulation,” (John 16:33 KJV) while Paul assures us that “All who will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12 KJV)

When you are a sufferer, when your burden of care and trouble increases, think upon the following. God has promised to support you in your trials while you walk in the light; that is, while you do His blessed will. Some of the most beautiful and precious passages to be found in the Bible describe the consolation He promises to His soldiers while they are battling with the difficulties, persecutions and sufferings of life.

He promises you the comfort of His presence. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you; when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon you” (Isaiah 43:2 KJV).

He promises you victory. “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV).

Tribulations are intended for your profit. “All things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28 KJV). Rightly accepted, they will promote your holiness and usefulness, and help you to understand the struggle for the welfare of those around you. What is more, they strengthen faith and help the formation of that character which God desires His children to possess.

Dark days strengthen the soul. Perpetual and uninterrupted sunshine, soft and genial weather, make weak men and women. Frost and gloom and darkness make hard and vigorous people.

Dark days are instructive. There is no place like the school of adversity for teaching wisdom.

Dark days drive the soul to God. Nothing succeeds in throwing a man back upon his Maker like affliction.

Dark days increase the brightness of the bright days that are to come. What a magnificent background the sorrows of earth will form to the joys of heaven! How the tears and pains and crosses of this life will set off and render more glorious the songs and crowns and glories of the skies!

William Booth, The Warrior’s Daily Portion, No. 2

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