“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things! Be not afraid, you wild beasts of the field, fr the pastures of the wilderness have sprung up and are green; the tree bears its fruit, and the fig tree and the vine yield their full strength.
Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord, your God; for He gives you the former rain in just measure and in righteousness, and He causes to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, as before. And the threshing floors shall be full of grain and the vats shall overflow with juice of the grapes and oil.
And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten–the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust. My great army which I sent among you. And you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord, your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you. And My people shall never be put to shame.” (Joel 2:21-26)
God has such great promises for us when we get to the other side of the dark days. Jesus said “In this world, you will have trouble, but I have overcome the world!” Going through a dark period of life is hard. There is no getting around it so we just have to walk right on through it and know in our hearts that on the other side of darkness, God’s best awaits us.
Regardless of how long we have been walking in a dark period of life, it is important to look past the darkness into His marvelous light. That is what Jesus did. He looked past the pain and humiliation of the Cross into the victory for mankind that was on the other side of darkness.
You may have lost a loved one or are even now battling cancer. The list of life’s troubles can go on forever, but the important thing to realize is that there is an end. The promise of the Lord is “this too shall pass.” On the other side of the darkness, awaits the mountaintop that is full of the goodness of the Lord.
I think of Saeed Abedini, the American Pastor who has been in an Iranian prison for three years simply for his faith in Jesus. The days are indeed very dark for him. But through it all many people are being touched by his faith and his wife’s faith and perseverance. One day, the Lord will open those prison doors and his life will be so blessed! He will come out of this darkness so much stronger and with so much faith in the Lord than he ever had before.
Father, let all who read these words take heart today in You. That on the other side of darkness, there is so much goodness and rewards waiting for them! Help them stand strong and trust You to bring them through and let them know and understand the fullness of life on the other side of darkness.