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Today's Devotional Reading
Our Darkest Hour

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And behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the boat was covered with the waves; but he [Jesus] was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us; we perish (Mt. 8:24-25).

I once watched a seen on the television show, "Little House on the Prairie" in which the Ingles family were going through a desperate time. I do not really remember what was wrong, but I remembered one of the ways they chose to deal with their circumstances. One of the family members read from the Psalms while the others sat by and listened. This seemed to help give them hope in the midst of their darkest storm.
As I thought about this, I wondered how many of us today handle our darkest hour in a similar fashion. Do we come together and read aloud the scriptures, or do we withdraw to our own quiet corner in despair? Do we quickly come to God and ask Him for His help, or do we sit motionless, staring into space like helpless zombies?
The disciples were afraid because of the storm. And because of that fear they felt certain they would perish. Yet, even still, they knew where to run. They knew who to turn to.
Within our dark storms, the fountains of worry and fear spring up all around. We easily lose sight of God, because we get to where we cannot see anything but the problems. The more we focus on the problems, the bigger they become. They begin to overwhelm, and we soon find ourselves victims of circumstance. The situation becomes more and more powerful, demanding all of our energy, time and attention, until we are weak and unable to do anything but think about the unconquerable happening.
What can be done? For starters we need to force ourselves to move our focus away from the problem and toward the solution. Coming together with others and reading the Word of God is a way to provide hope, encouragement and strength. It is a way for us to take control of the immense problem and put it into perspective. It is nothing God cannot handle. It is nothing that took God by surprise. And it is nothing He cannot help us through. Compared to Him--it is nothing.
We have our own ways of handling painful and troublesome situations. If we are honest with ourselves, many of us might agree that our own ways usually draw us to wallow in pools of self pity, or cause us to retreat and lick our wounds. We do at times handle things fairly well. We get by. We make it through. Yet, there is a way that is best. A way that can bring the good, out of what may appear to be a bad situation. We just have to let go of our way and allow ourselves to be lifted up by the Hand of God.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28).

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