Today's Devotional Thought
March 17, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
What I Learned in the Dark
When you have gone through those dark times in your life, what lessons have you learned? What did God reveal to you in those periods of life? Have you shared those lessons with others?
Wendy and I are currently preparing for a retreat that we will be leading in early April in North Carolina. As I have been praying and preparing for this event, God led me to today’s verse. And while it is a familiar verse and comes in a familiar passage, I saw it so differently this time. As I read it, I thought of the various hardships that Wendy and I have been through. I thought of those moments and seasons of darkness that she and I have both felt. And I thought of the ways that Jesus has spoken to both of us through those dark times.
Second Corinthians 1 tells us, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (v. 3-4). In our darkest times, we have felt such comfort from the Lord. We have heard his reassuring voice of love and care and direction. And while those hardships felt very dark while we were going through them, the daylight did come. And now that daylight has come, we both realize that we need to share those things Jesus told us and comforted us with when we were in the darkness.
What have you learned about God’s provision and comfort and faithfulness from the dark periods of your life? Have you shared that comfort with others?
Jesus speaks to us in the dark so that we can share him with others when daylight comes. Share him with others by sharing how he has provided for you and rescued you in your darkest hour and in doing so, help someone else find the true source of comfort in this world.