Have you ever been in a situation that just sucks, like really sucks? Sometimes at these times our relationship with God can suffer, the devil places doubt in our minds, maybe “God is punishing me?” “If there really is a God how could He let this happen to me?” These are feelings that secretly a lot of us have probably felt.
Sometimes the only thing we can do in these situations is to find someone to relate to, someone who has conquered their struggle. The Bible are full of these. Take the story of Joseph. Sold as a slave by his brothers, imprisoned by the Egyptians and then plot twist, he is put in charge of Egypt! There is hope in this that, we will not suffer forever, that good will come from your situation as Romans 8:28 states “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”
However sometimes this can give us the impression that we can only prosper and get on track with God once we have left our place of suffering, but this isnt the case. For instance, in Genesis 39 Joseph arrives in Egypt and verse 2 writes that “The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered.” Here we can see that regardless of our circumstances if we are faithful to God we will experience His presence, His favour and blessing right where we are.
So yes, in times of darkness we should look for the light and hope at the end of the trouble, resting in the knowledge that God will deliver us. However, as we look to a hopeful future we shouldn’t forget that God is with us amidst the darkness we can rest in Him as we suffer knowing that he suffers with us.
If you are in a time of sorrow or darkness right now, press into God’s presence in the present and look forward to the hope of a time when God will deliver you when “ He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)