Finding hope in times of confusion

I haven’t had time to write anything original in the recent few weeks, however I will continue to post things that I believe will spiritually encourage and strengthen the church.  The below is a devotional excerpt from Dr. George Palmer Pardington, a 19th century minister and writer.  My hope is that it encourages those of you going through times of uncertainty and despair.  Our God is faithful, eternally faithful, and won’t abandon you in the dark. He will work out a perfect way of deliverance.  Be encouraged. ~Peter

Who among you fears the Lord  and obeys His servant?
If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord  and rely on your God.” (Isa. 50:10, NLT)

What shall the believer do in times of darkness — the darkness of perplexity and confusion, not of heart but of mind? Times of darkness come to the faithful and believing disciple who is walking obediently in the will of God; seasons when he does not know what to do, nor which way to turn. The sky is overcast with clouds. The clear light of Heaven does not shine upon his pathway. One feels as if he were groping his way in darkness.

Beloved, is this you? What shall the believer do in times of darkness? Listen! “Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and rely upon his God.” The first thing to do is do nothing. This is hard for poor human nature to do. In the West there is a saying that runs thus, “When you’re rattled, don’t rush”; in other words, “When you don’t know what to do, don’t do it.” When you run into a spiritual fog bank, don’t tear ahead; slow down the machinery of your life. If necessary, anchor your bark or let it swing at its moorings.

We are to simply trust God. While we trust, God can work. Worry prevents Him from doing anything for us. If our minds are distracted and our hearts distressed; if the darkness that overshadows us strikes terror to us; if we run hither and yon in a vain effort to find some way of escape out of a dark place of trial, where Divine providence has put us, the Lord can do nothing for us.

The peace of God must quiet our minds and rest our hearts. We must put our hand in the hand of God like a little child, and let Him lead us out into the bright sunshine of His love. He knows the way out of the woods. Let us climb up into His arms, and trust Him to take us out by the shortest and surest road.
– Dr. Pardington

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