I was reading yesterday's lesson entitled When in Doubt from "Our Daily Bread" and one quote at the end of the lesson struck me. It said, "Never doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light." Sometimes when we're persevering through storms, it's easy to lose heart and give up on the things God has spoken to us. Holding on and remaining optimistic can often feel like a lost cause, particularly when you appear to be facing adversity from all sides.
But don't lose heart. Don't give up on the things God has promised you. Continue to fight hard against doubt. Remind yourself that God's word is still true even when everything around you looks bleak.
Listen; don't ever let circumstances dictate your response. Otherwise, you'll remain on an emotional rollercoaster, constantly questioning God's promise and provision. Instead of fretting when you hit a rough patch, remind yourself of God's faithfulness to perform His word. Speak His word over your life. Get lost in His presence. Feed yourself daily with Scriptures... not just out of a routine, legalistic obligation; but out of a sincere desire to draw closer to the Lord.
You see, when you draw near to Him, He reciprocates. His Spirit will flood your heart and bring peace where there was despair and despondency. I know Him for myself and I can tell you from experience that in His presence there is fullness of joy!
No matter how dreary your day or how dark your night, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1 KJV). He'll never leave you by yourself and certainly, He won't renege on His word.
God wants you to know that when everything else passes away, His word stands forever! Indeed if He's spoken it, He will no doubt bring it to pass. If He has purposed it, He will also do it. You can bank on that!
Be encouraged today and continue to hold onto your faith, and for the rest of the day, continue to tell yourself, "I can't afford to doubt in the dark what God has shown me in the light."
As always, thanks for reading, and until next time... may you be empowered to prosper!