What does midnight look like to you?

Day 146

There are dark times in our lives…some darker than others, but God has a reason for each of them.  But be encouraged….we may not ever understand them…but they are all for a reason.  One great scene of the bible is when Jesus is going to wash the feet of the disciples.  Peter protests, but Christ answers him like this….

John 13:7 – “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” (ESV)

What a great answer….Don’t worry about it Peter…you will understand later.  Just understand that you are being taught, because I need you to learn something.  Now don’t get me wrong…these days may seem dark…and maybe they are, but there is a reason.

There is a great story about a guy named William Cowper.  Through many life tradegies, he was in the valley….

Cow­per oft­en strug­gled with de­press­ion and doubt. He tried to kill himself by drinking poison, but didn’t take enough, and his stomach was pumped to save his life.  So discouraged he tried to fall on a knife and the blade broke.   He tried to hang himself with a garter….on the third attempt, the garter broke after he lost consciousness.  One night he de­cid­ed to com­mit su­i­cide by drown­ing him­self. He called a cab and told the driv­er to take him to the Thames Riv­er. How­ev­er, thick fog came down and pre­vent­ed them from find­ing the riv­er (ano­ther ver­sion of the story has the driv­er get­ting lost de­liber­ate­ly). After driv­ing around lost for a while, the cab­by fin­al­ly stopped and let Cow­per out. To Cowper’s sur­prise, he found him­self on his own door­step: God had sent the fog to keep him from kill­ing him­self. Even in our black­est mo­ments, God watch­es over us.

While it is tragic that anybody would ever be at the point of depression, especially to the point of suicide.  But the fact that God wouldn’t let him be successful at killing himself…is almost comical.  But that is how God does things…..why?  Because God had things for William Cowper to do…like write hymns, poems…and these famous words…

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

William Cowper
Be encouraged…your past does not hinder the power of God to use you as His ambassador.  All of God’s men and women have battled their inadequacies, or have claimed defeat…over and over.  Moses, Elijah, David, Joshua, Abraham, Peter….and the list goes own.  Just add your name to that distinguished list, and you will be right where God wants you to be.
Remember this…. 1 Corinthians 2:9 – “…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”

Grace and Peace, Dan


About Dan

My name is Dan. I grew up on the lovely Eastern Shore of Maryland...go Colonels! God really got a hold of me a few years back and asked me when I was going to "get in the game" and start living my life for Him. I have been burdened with the fact that many...many men in our world are wasting their lives while God wants them in the game. This is one of the ways that I am giving them that challenge...our nation, and our world depends on it. So thanks for your support...and your prayers. Dan
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