When Darkness Seems to Hide His Face: Hope for Oklahoma

Wednesday is for Prayer

I hate it that I wrote this post more than three years ago and that it continues to be relevant for too many people today.

I love it that the gospel is still a powerful balm to the soul of the distressed, betrayed, and hurting. In light of the hurt and devastation in Oklahoma, it is good to be reminded again, that the cross is still our greatest hope. Pray for the survivors in tornado devastated areas.

I have some friends who are going through some very difficult times at the moment. Betrayal and disappoint really suck. At times the darkness wants to overwhelm and paralyze them with fear. How great the gospel is in such times! It is the downcast soul’s sure anchor because the gospel is the proof of Jesus’ love for them in spite of all that swirls around them.

Paul said it:

“God demonstrates his love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. … and we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
(from Romans 5:8; 8:28)

The hymn writer got it right.

“When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.”
(from “On Christ the Solid Rock”)

C.S. Lewis got it right:

‘Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bears his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.’
(from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

Sometime today, carve out some time to think about those you know who are hurting because of a betrayal, an unfaithfulness, a disappoint of some kind. Pray for them and ask God to wrap his arms around them and tell them “you shall have spring again” because the Sacrificed Lamb is the Soon and Coming King.

When you do, would you pray for my friends too. Thanks.


2 thoughts on “When Darkness Seems to Hide His Face: Hope for Oklahoma

  1. “At times the darkness wants to overwhelm and paralyze them with fear. How great the gospel is in such times!”

    Well said Marty. I especially enjoy the hymn On Christ the Solid Rock. So comforting to be reminded of this during difficult times.

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  2. The only thing that can be done in those times is to cast oneself on the absolute sovereignty of an Almighty God…that the path of betrayal, like Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, was actually woven into the plan of redemptive history, even so in our own lives. Nothing else can bring comfort.

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