Today’s devo from Streams in the Desert was so good, I couldn’t pick just a few thoughts out, so here’s the whole thing. I am seeing that this is incredibly true. The key to having comfort and hope in the midst of sorrow and pain is staying close to God. Listening to what He says about you. Knowing that He keeps His word. Being fully confident that when He says He has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope, that HE MEANS IT. And, as a result of knowing that, also knowing that the sorrow and loss and interruption of my plans that I am currently experiencing are paving the way for God’s plans.
And His plans will be better than anything I have lost.
I am seeing Him working to bless me daily even in the middle of this situation. I can mourn the loss and the past, but I don’t have to dwell on what could have been because what could have been was obviously not God’s best for me. I don’t have to mourn the future because He has given me hope.
– Emphasis mine.
Streams in the Desert – August 9
Blessed are those whose strength is in You. . . . As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs.
– Psalm 84:5-6
Comfort is not given to us when we are lighthearted and cheerful. We must travel the depths of emotion in order to experience comfort – one of God’s most precious gifts. And then we must be prepared to become coworkers with Him.
When the shadows of night – needed night – gather over the garden of our souls, when leaves close up and flowers no longer reflect any sunlight within their folded petals, and when we experience even the thickest darkness, we must remember that we will never be found wanting and that the comforting drops of heavenly dew fall only after the sun has set.
I have been through the valley of weeping,
The valley of sorrow and pain;
But the “God of all comfort” was with me,
At hand to uphold and sustain.
As the earth needs the clouds and sunshine,
Our souls need both sorrow and joy;
So He places us oft in the furnace,
The dross from the gold to destroy.
When He leads through some valley of trouble,
His omnipotent hand we trace;
For the trials and sorrows He sends us,
Are part of His lessons in grace.
Oft we run from the purging and pruning,
Forgetting the Gardener knows
That the deeper the cutting and trimming
The richer the cluster that grows.
Well He knows that affliction is needed;
He has a wise purpose in view,
And in the dark valley He whispers,
“Soon you’ll understand what I do.”
As we travel through life’s shadowed valley,
Fresh springs of His love ever rise;
And we learn that our sorrows and losses,
Are blessings just sent in disguise.
So we’ll follow wherever He leads us,
Let the path be dreary or bright;
For we’ve proved that our God can give comfort;
Our God can give songs in the night.
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