16th March 2019

Compassion UK: The Darkest Hour Is before The Dawn

Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.


If I look back on my life since finding faith, there’s a definite pattern—a cascade of problems right before a significant breakthrough. I’ll receive a discouraging email the morning of an important engagement or find that finances are extra stretched before an increase comes. I’ve learned to remember that things tend to get a little worse right before they turn a corner. 

As we approach a new season or chapter in our lives, it’s common for darkness to close in. If you find yourself putting out more fires than usual, faced with all manner of spiritual distractions, there is every chance that God is about to do something significant in and through your life. The important thing is to remain focused on him during that dark hour that precedes sunrise.

In this Lent season if things are feeling dark right now, it’s more important than ever to cling to Jesus, who is the Light of the World. We have to hold fast to his promises that light our pathway even through seasons of night. Reading God’s Word is harder than ever during hours of darkness. But we must cling to his promise that dawn is fast approaching and with it much rejoicing.

Lord, things may seem dark right now. But I choose to trust that you will come through, knowing you will never leave my side. The sun will rise, and I will feel the light upon my face once more. Give me strength to endure these hours of darkness. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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