God’s Ways During Dark Days

Phil Dark

Sometimes the structure of our lives breaks down. Cancer or COVID-19 strikes, the stock market collapses, a tornado devastates our city, and we face our own weakness and mortality. This may be where we are at any moment, or at any age. Our loss or lack of confidence becomes God’s opportunity to move closer to us and show us the wonderful reality that He is with us. As our future seems unclear, we become like King David in Psalm 25, and ask to be pointed in the Lord’s perfect path.

Join me as together we prepare to seek God’s ways in the dark days that come our way. As is our habit when seeking the Lord, we turn to Him and pray. What shall we pray? There are at least three prayers revealed in Psalm 25 which are necessary for us to pray.

We need to pray for God’s deliverance. See Psalm 25:1-3, and Matthew 11:28. Here is an offer of a personal relationship with God in Christ. This is a reality offered to every believer.

We also need to pray for God’s direction. See Psalm 25:4-15. During our times of being afraid of illness, or job loss, or the loss of love, or the loss of hope, God offers us guidance.

We need to pray for God’s defense. See Psalm 25:16-22. This is a humble person coming to plead for mercy, not a proud person coming to make demands of God. This is the affirmation that we actually pray to a God who turns to us and listens to us and hears us.

One of the benefits we receive as Christians is when dark days come into our lives, God has ways to help us deal with them. We can pray to God. He will hear us when we pray for deliverance, for direction, and for defense. Whether we realize it or not, each of us lives in a state of dependency on the Lord. Jesus, Himself said (John 15:5), “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” So let us actually turn to the God who listens to us and hears us and will answer us.

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